Weekly news - 28th June 2013


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The Matrix: evidence map of drug treatment

The Matrix: evidence map of Alcohol treatment

The Matrices are portals to the research and guidance which matter most to you as a practitioner, manager, organisation director, or commissioner. Use them to train your staff, develop your practice, convince funders, persuade politicians, or just to re-experience the revelations made by the seminal and key studies of the past 50 years. They were developed for the UK by the Effectiveness Bank project for the Substance Misuse Skills Consortium to aid the development of the British drug and alcohol treatment workforce and of treatment services | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

UK alcohol and tobacco prices among highest in EU

EU survey shows Denmark and Norway most expensive, with Macedonia cheapest – but Britain places well above average | Guardian, UK

Public Health England: code of conduct (PDF)

PHE has adopted a Code of Conduct that incorporates both the Civil Service Code, which also applies to all our staff, and our professional responsibilities. This PHE Code applies to all staff employed by PHE, secondees, agency staff and individuals holding honorary contracts | PHE, UK

Cleveland Police warning over 'bad' heroin batch

Drugs users on Teesside are being warned by police about a potentially "bad" batch of heroin | BBC, UK

Legal highs, lethal lows Survey 2013

Leicestershire Substance Misuse Strategic Team have launched a Legal Highs Drug Survey. The survey forms part of the "Legal Highs Lethal Lows" harm minimisation campaign | SMST, UK

It’s the Drink Talking: Giving young people a voice on alcohol

Alcohol Concern’s Emma Conroy writes about the charity’s latest youth driven campaign – It’s the Drink Talking | Alcohol Concern Blog, UK

Effectiveness Bank bulletin 25 June 2013

Four latest additions to the Effectiveness Bank span treatment (how to get patients to take the pills), brief interventions in colleges, and drug education in schools, including a unique test from Spain of the active ingredients and from the UK, a test of Australian-style safer drinking lessons | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Policy paper: New psychoactive substances: G8 statement on collection and sharing of data

G8 statement of intent: collection and sharing of data on NPS. This drugs update discusses the statement which outlines the approaches to tackling challenges posed by NPS, covering the detection, analysis, identification, monitoring and reporting of synthetic drugs | Home Office, UK

Mentor International launches the Prevention Hub: the first online global drug prevention service

On 26th June 2013, on the UN’s ‘World Drug Day’, Mentor International is launching phase one of the Prevention Hub; the first online service to support global drug prevention work with children and young people | Mentor International, UK

A global day of action as 26 cities around the world say ‘Support. Don't Punish’

On Wednesday 26th June, activists will take to the streets in 26 cities around the world for the SUPPORT. DON’T PUNISH campaign’s first ever day of action. The campaign calls on governments to remove criminal sanctions for drug use and scale up health and harm reduction services for people who use drugs | IDPC, UK

EMCDDA analysis of implementing North American drug prevention programmes in Europe

The EMCDDA have been looking at whether prevention programmes that have been developed in North America (USA and Canada) could be delivered to effect in Europe | Mentor Thinks, UK

World Drug Report 2013

The World Drug Report presents a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in drug markets. It covers production, trafficking, consumption and the related health consequences | UNODC, Austria

Britons Take More Legal-High Drugs than Any Other Europeans, Says UN

UK charity DrugScope cast doubt on the figures, claiming they included use of banned substances such as mephedrone | IBTimes, UK

UK legal high market is EU's largest, UN report says

The UK has the largest market for so-called "legal highs" in the European Union, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) | BBC, UK

A year in review: Highlights from the EMCDDA’s General Report of Activities 2012

The series ‘A year in review’ contains the essence of the EMCDDA's General Report of Activities. It is designed to provide interested audiences with a brief summary of the agency’s achievements for the year concerned with a focus on key topics | EMCDDA, Portugal

Models of addiction

This report contains a critical review of existing addiction theories and explores how these can be organised into an overarching structure to inform how we assess, prevent and treat addictive behaviours. This model is not limited to illicit drugs, but can also be applied to alcohol, tobacco and even non-pharmacological addictions, such as gambling or compulsive use of the Internet | EMCDDA, Portugal

UK legal high market is EU's largest, UN report says - updated - video

Includes an interview with DrugScope's Harry Shapiro | BBC, UK

Turning prisoners into entrepreneurs

Roslyn Callender speaks openly and calmly about her former life as a crack cocaine addict | BBC, UK

Effectiveness Bank hot topics for July/August 2013

This latest set of hot topics examines how to relieve society of some of the burden imposed by drinking, in particular alcohol-related crime and disorder. One approach is substance use education, but its potential has yet to be consistently realised. Finally, the questionable record of acupuncture in the treatment of people already in trouble with their substance use | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK