Publications

Key Points from EMCDDA’s 2016 European Drug Report

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EMDCCA
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As we welcome in the New Year it seems an ideal time to take stock and present the key points from the 2016 European Drug Report (EDR), the European Monitoring Centre for Drug and Addiction’s (EMCDDA) annual review of the European drug situation.

It includes analyses of trends, situational information, and data from individual countries.

Technical Note: Background on Alcohol Marketing Regulation and Monitoring for the Protection of Public Health

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Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
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This document provides evidence for arguments supporting alcohol marketing regulation, and suggests key elements that can be considered by countries in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating effective regulation. It also provides legislative language that can assist governments in developing or modifying existing laws and implementing monitoring mechanisms.

Organisational Influences on Psychosocial Therapies

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Drug and Alcohol Findings
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Latest instalment of online course on alcohol treatment research. See if you agree with influential US researchers that “organizational climate underlies the entire process of innovation adoption”, appreciate the effect of high staff turnover and how to reduce it, and ask yourself: Is my service even ready for change? Is change driven by targets just as good for patients as change motivated by the desire to improve their lives?

Overdose Antidote Takes Harm-Reduction Centre Stage

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Drug and Alcohol Findings
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One of our selection of hot topics, analyses of important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. Programmes distributing the opiate overdose antidote naloxone have become the great new hope for curbing the rise in drug-related deaths, but England is lagging behind the rest of the UK. Continue reading...

Effectiveness Bank Matrix Bite: Managing the Talking Route to Recovery

Published by
Drug and Alcohol Findings
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Fortnightly instalment of online course on alcohol treatment research starts with a study which concluded that “leaders have a cascading impact on their staff in ways other than through mandate”. Findings that post-training ‘coaching’ is needed to produce competent therapists mean management is critical to staff development and client progress.

Evaluating Communities That Care (CTC)

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EMCDDA
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‘Community coalitions’ is a preventative strategy that coordinates activities and resources to reduce adolescent substance use and delinquent behaviour, mobilising communities in the promotion of health and prevention initiatives.

Communities That Care (CTC) aims to combat adolescent health and behavioural problems by identifying various risk factors, before applying known to be successful prevention and intervention measures.

Beyond Cigarettes: The Risks of Non-Cigarette Nicotine Products and Implications for Tobacco Control

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CASA
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BACKGROUND

Whereas much is known about the effects of tobacco use, the current state of knowledge regarding non-cigarette nicotine products, such as electronic nicotine delivery systems (e-cigarettes and other vaping devices), water pipe/hookah, smokeless tobacco, pipes, cigars, little cigars, and cigarillos, that do not contain tobacco is not robust enough to yield a definitive consensus regarding their relative risks and benefits. 

Effectiveness Bank Matrix Bite: The Talker in the Talking Route to Recovery

Published by
Drug and Alcohol Findings
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In psychosocial therapies, the enactment of the client-worker relationship is the treatment. Structured around Carl Rogers’ classic formulation of the “necessary and sufficient conditions” for therapeutic progress, the cell in the Alcohol Treatment Matrix focuses on whether some therapists are more successful because they more strongly forge ‘therapeutic’ relationships.

2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report

Published by
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
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This week the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) publicly rolled out the 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR), an annual report by the Department of State to Congress prepared in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act.

Splitting the Bill: Alcohol's Impact on the UK Economy

Published by
Institute of Alcohol Su
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Economic questions are central to the formation of alcohol policies, such as the setting of alcohol taxes, licensing requirements and marketing regulations. In particular, arguments around income, employment and trade are regularly used by the alcohol industry to resist measures to discourage consumption and harm. Such arguments are premised on the assumption that a successful alcohol industry is beneficial to the UK economy.

Evaluation Report on Drug Control for the Sixth Evaluation Round of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM)

Published by
Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) - Organization of American States (OAS)

The Evaluation Report on Drug Control (2014) for the Sixth Evaluation Round of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM) measures the progress of actions taken by the 34 OAS (Organization of American States) member states to address the drug problem and other related offenses. The sixth round focused on a set of 27 standard recommendations derived from the Plan of Action, 2011-2015, of the 2010 CICAD Hemispheric Drug Strategy.

Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Substance Use Disorders

Published by
Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense
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This guideline represents a significant step toward improving the treatment and management of patients with substance use disorders (SUD) in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD).

XR-Naltrexone: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Providers’ Clinical Support System For Medication Assisted Treatment (PCSS-MAT)
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The Providers' Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment (PCSS-MAT) experts have recently created a virtual step-by-step XR-Naltrexone User Guide to assist you in your practice in treating opioid use disorder (OUD). XR-Naltrexone is one of the FDA approved medications for the treatment of OUD.

The Drug Problem in the Americas: Drugs and Public Health

Published by
Organization of American States (OAS)
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Summary and Findings

Most people do not use illicit drugs and among those who try them, only a fraction will develop patterns of dependence. Still, drug use constitutes a serious health problem for many people in the Americas. Early age of first use is associated with higher risk of dependence and problems. One of the greatest challenges is delaying or preventing use by young people.

Guidelines for the Identification and Management of Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders in Pregnancy

Published by
World Health Organization (WHO)
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These guidelines contain recommendations on the identification and management of substance use and substance use disorders for health care services which assist women who are pregnant, or have recently had a child, and who use alcohol or drugs or who have a substance use disorder.

Whole Family Recovery

Published by
Adfam and STRADA
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This document provides an overview of themes that emerged from the Adfam’s Whole Family Recovery and Alcohol Focus Groups and interviews. This research was conducted to scope the impacts of the recovery of someone with an alcohol problem on the family members involved – and how having a loved one ‘in recovery’ is often a complex and mixed experience.

Adfam’s Manifesto for Families: 5 Key Challenges for Supporting Families Affected by Drug and Alcohol Use

Published by
Adfam
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“You don’t have to use drugs to be affected by them.”

In 2010 Adfam identified five key challenges for families that the Government should address, identified by stakeholders across England. They were:

  • Supporting families in their own right
  • Involving families in treatment
  • Monitoring effectiveness
  • Public services thinking family
  • Commissioning effectively

Drug and Alcohol Related Bereavement - Scoping Review

Published by
Adfam and Cruse
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Adfam and Cruse Bereavement Care carried out a four year drug and alcohol related bereavement project funded by the Big Lottery and running from 2010-14. The purpose of this review is to create a solid evidence-base from which the project can develop a useful and timely network of peer support and associated resources for people who are bereaved in this way.

Consultation Findings for the BEAD Project

Published by
Adfam and Cruse
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Adfam and Cruse Bereavement Care undertook an exploration of the experiences of families and friends bereaved through drug and/ or alcohol use, with the aim of developing a range of peer support services and targeted information specifically for people bereaved in this way, as part of a Big Lottery funded partnership. People bereaved through substance use face a unique set of complex emotional and practical problems.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: How Parents Deal with Children Who Use Substances and Perpetrate Abuse

Published by
Adfam and AVA
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This report has been written by Adfam and Against Violence and Abuse (AVA) and covers the processes and findings of a joint project carried out by the two organisations in 2011/12 on child to parent violence and abuse. It reveals that every day parents (usually mums) are living with violence and abuse from their child (usually sons).

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