Weekly news - 4th September 2009


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Blueprint drugs education: the response of pupils and parents to the programme

This executive summary (which comes from the final report), focuses on the second stage of the Blueprint evaluation. It sets out to assess how pupils and parents responded to the programme, pupils’ awareness and knowledge of drug use, their perception of drug use and acceptability of drug use among same-age peers, and the quality and frequency of parent-child communication on drugs [Home Office, UK]

ONS data for drug treatment in England 2008/09

The 2008/09 data from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System will be collated for adults in drug treatment in England and published on Thursday 8 October at 0930 [NTA, UK]

New advice on OTC analgesics containing codeine

New advice on over-the-counter (OTC) medicines containing codeine and dihydrocodeine (DHC) to minimise the risk of overuse and addiction [Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, UK]

Carers and supporting recovery

This unique report was commissioned by the Scottish Recovery Network and is the result of a long-standing project to investigate carers' perspectives of recovery and experiences supporting recovery. 47-page PDF [Scottish Recovery Network, UK]

Mr Mange Goes Over

The film for the Harm Reduction Works campaign, produced by Exchange Supplies for the National Treatment Agency and the Department of Health as part of a package on overdose resources, is now available on [YouTube]

IHRA Launches Online Document Collection on Overdose

The fifth in a series of online document collections – this time focusing on the extent and prevention of overdose [IHRA]

Working document for developing a draft global strategy to reduce harmful use of alcohol

This working document is intended to be the basis for continued collaboration and consultation with Member States during the drafting of the global strategy. 27-page PDF [World Health Organisation]

Scottish Audit of Surgical Mortality Annual Report on 2008 data

Alcohol abuse was a factor in 1 in 15 reported deaths. 26-page PDF [NHS Scotland, UK]

"Booze ASBOs" call time on problem drinkers

Tough new powers to crack down on people responsible for alcohol-fuelled crime and antisocial behaviour have come into force, Home Office Minister Alan Campbell announced today [Home Office, UK]

New licensing laws come into force

Scots will have more scope to influence who is allowed to sell alcohol as a result of new laws that come into force this week [Scottish Government, UK]

Trends in treated opiate and cocaine use across Ireland

Latest figures from the HRB show that the number of people presenting for treatment for opiate (mainly heroin) and cocaine use is continuing to rise [HRB, Ireland]

National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm annual report 2008

Drug overdose was the most common method of self harm in 2008, involved in 72% of cases, more often used by women (79%) than men (64%). 54-page PDF [National Suicide Research Foundation, Ireland]

Pathway to Home

The Way Home 2008-2013 and realising the 2010 Vision of the Homeless Agency Partnership’s action plan on homelessness in Dublin. 140-page PDF [Homeless Agency via drugsandalcohol.ie, Ireland]

Clearing the Smoke on Cannabis: Cannabis Use and Driving

This is the third in a series of reports that reviews the effects of cannabis use on various aspects of human functioning and development. In this report, the effects of cannabis use on driving are discussed. 8-page PDF [CCSA, Canada]

Opioid prescribing challenges doctors

There are no straightforward, off-the-shelf solutions to mounting concerns in Canada about prescription opioids [CMAJ, Canada]

President Obama Issues Recovery Month Proclamation

The proclamation recognizes the tremendous accomplishments of thousands of Americans in recovery, supports those seeking treatment for addiction, and pays tribute to the host of caring individuals who assist those making choices to leave behind addiction and live drug-free [ONDCP, USA]

Afghan Opium Survey

Summary of findings. 42-page PDF [UNODC]