Weekly news - 9th Ocober 2009


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NTA Annual report

Recovery begins here - The year in numbers - Sustaining recovery - Changing behaviour - Joined-up thinking for better outcomes - Information value - The grass-roots response - NTA board and staff. 16-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System

Annual NDTMS report. 1 April 2008 - 31 March 2009 [NTA, UK]

DrugScope responds to NTA figures on drug treatment

Drug treatment changes lives and it is good news that record numbers of people are being supported to overcome their drug problems. Nevertheless today’s figures highlight some important challenges for the treatment system [DrugScope, UK]

'Paul Hayes on the NTA Foundations and the role of retention in treatment'

As the NTA publishes its annual report and statistics for 2008/09, Paul Hayes talks about the NTA’s foundations and some of its achievements to date [FEAD, UK]

Substance Misuse, 2008-09

The latest statistics for Substance Misuse in Wales 76-page PDF [Welsh Assembly Government Department for Social Justice and Local Government, UK]

Estimating the National and Local Prevalence of Problem Drug Misuse in Scotland

This report outlines the results of research funded by the Scottish Government and the University of Glasgow, commissioned by the Information and Statistics Division of the NHS in Scotland. The research was carried out jointly by the Centre for Drug Misuse Research at the University of Glasgow and Health Protection Scotland to provide national and local estimates of the prevalence of problem drug misuse within Scotland for the year 2006. 58-page PDF [ISD Scotland, UK]

Guidance for the pharmacological management of substance misuse among young people

Until now there has been no formal guidance to help clinicians to manage substance dependence among young people. This has left practitioners concerned that their practice may not accord with the developing evidence base. This guidance document describes good practice on the best ways to manage a clinically complex condition. 99-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Guidance for the pharmacological management of substance misuse among young people in secure environments

This guidance document describes good practice on the best ways to manage a clinically complex condition. 111-page PDF [NTA, UK]

NTA board meeting - 6 October 2009

Papers are now available [NTA, UK]

Dodgy dossiers of addiction non-treatment

The content and intertwined interests of the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse’s document – Effectiveness of community treatments for heroin and crack cocaine addiction in England: a prospective, in-treatment cohort study – have been questioned [Addiction Today, UK]

SMMGP September Policy Update

September 2009 [SMMGP, UK]

Cocaine Vaccine for the Treatment of Cocaine Dependence in Methadone-Maintained Patients

Attaining high (≥43 µg/mL) IgG anticocaine antibody levels was associated with significantly reduced cocaine use, but only 38% of the vaccinated subjects attained these IgG levels and they had only 2 months of adequate cocaine blockade [Archives of General Psychiatry]

Cocaine Trafficking to Europe

Options of Supply Control. 37-page PDF [German Institute for International and Security Affairs]

A Developmental Perspective on Underage Alcohol Use

Alcohol Research & Health Volume 32, Number 1, 2009 [Alcohol Reports]