Effectiveness Bank Matrix Cell: Psychosocial Treatment; Individuals, Not Programmes

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Drug and Alcohol Findings
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Every treatment involves direct or indirect human interaction, but this cell is about interventions in which interaction is the main ingredient, from mutual support groups through to professionally delivered psychological programmes. ‘Programmes’ is perhaps the wrong word though.

Health Communications in Tobacco Prevention and Control

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This user guide focuses on how comprehensive tobacco control programs can deliver effective health communications. Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs—2014 recommends mass-reach health communication interventions as powerful tools for preventing the initiation of tobacco use, promoting and facilitating cessation, and shaping social norms related to tobacco use.

Public Health Language for Recreational Cannabis Laws

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Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies School of Medicine University of California, San Francisco
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Cannabis legalization for recreational use (also called “adult use”) is a reality in a growing number of US states despite continued federal prohibition and limited scientific research on the long-term and short-term health effects of cannabis use. There may be benefits to legalization, but there are also significant public health risks, including many that strongly echo those caused by tobacco and alcohol.

#StatusofMind: Social Media and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Royal Society for Public Health


  • 91% of 16-24 year olds use the internet for social networking
  • Social media has been described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol
  • Rates of anxiety and depression in young people have risen 70% in the past 25 years
  • Social media use is linked with increased rates of anxiety, depression and poor sleep
  • Cyber bullying is a growing problem with 7 in 10 young people saying th

How Can Contingency Management Support Treatment for Substance Use Disorders? A Systematic Review

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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
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Rewarding people dependent on illegal drugs for not using those drugs is a controversial tactic, one this report from the European Union’s drug misuse centre found patchily effective in extending retention and reducing substance use as a supplement to medication-based treatments. Read the Effectiveness Bank analysis.

Pregnancy & Opioids Guide

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Partnership for Drug-Free Kids


Is there a young woman in your life who is pregnant and misusing or addicted to opioids? Perhaps it’s your daughter or granddaughter, your son’s girlfriend or wife, a niece or a friend. Here you’ll find information to help her have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

The Hardest Hit: Addressing the Crisis in Alcohol Treatment Services

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Alcohol Concern, Alcohol Research UK
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This research, launched at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Harm on 1 May 2018, warns that the alcohol treatment sector is in crisis. These services are entering into a cycle of disinvestment, staff depletion, and reduced capacity, and this is due to get worse; in 2020 ring-fenced public health funding will end, posing additional risk to the areas of highest need.

Alcohol and Mental Health: Policy and Practice in England

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Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS); Centre for Mental Health
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Many people who misuse alcohol also have a mental health difficulty, and many people with mental health problems also misuse alcohol. Yet few get effective help from either alcohol or mental health services. National policies relating to alcohol make scant reference to mental health, while national mental health policies pay little regard to alcohol.

Violence, children and organized crime

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The report comes in the wake of the constant Commission carries out the conditions for the exercise of the human rights of girls, boys and adolescents, conditions of vulnerability and violations to the same monitoring. In this regard, the Commission has made monitoring how contexts of insecurity and violence are living in the region have an impact to children and adolescents and their rights.

Violence, Children and Organized Crime

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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
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This report stems from the Commission’s constant monitoring of the conditions in which children and adolescents exercise their human rights, as well as the vulnerability and violation thereof. The Commission has monitored how the region’s insecurity and violence are impacting children, adolescents, and their rights.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Children of Alcoholics: A Manifesto For Change

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All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)

Executive Summary

One in five children in the UK lives with a parent who drinks too much – that’s over 2.5 million children. They are Britain’s innocent victims of drink.

Hard-drinking parents hurt their children for life. Compared to other children, children of alcoholics are:

Evaluation of the national strategy to address the problem of drugs in Uruguay

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Junta Nacional de Drogas de Uruguay

This document presents the findings of the external evaluation of the national strategy for drug (END) developed by a team from the Faculty of social sciences of the University of the Republic in the last quarter of 2014. The document is articulated in five sections. After this introduction, the institutional background of the END and its main guidelines are presented.

Overview of European University-Based Study Programmes in the Addictions Field

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Pavlovská, A., Miovský, M., Babor, T. F. & Gabrhelík, R. (2017). Overview of the European university-based study programmes in the addictions field, Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 24:6, 485-491. DOI: 10.1080/09687637.2016.1223603

In 2015, the team from the Department of Addictology (First Faculty of Medicine of Charles University and General University Hospital in Prague) in cooperation with our colleague from the Department of Community Medicine & Health Care, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Professor Thomas Babo

A Review of Workplace Substance Use Policies in Canada: Strengths, Gaps and Key Considerations

Published by
Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Suggested citation: Meister, S.R. (2018). A Review of Workplace Substance Use Policies in Canada: Strengths, Gaps and Key Considerations. Ottawa, Ont.: Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.

A review of workplace substance use policies in Canada

Territorial patterns and socio-demographic factors associated with the killings and drug trafficking in Costa Rica

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The results of the study allow to confirm the existence of spatial clusters related to the killings and seizure of drugs at the district level. In other words, both events do not occur randomly in space, they have defined patterns of agglomeration or spatial Association, i.e. what happens affects district in the neighboring district.

Study on patterns of psychoactive substances consumption in indigenous and groups originating from the city of Mexico 2014

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Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz, Instituto para la Atención y Prevención de las Adicciones; México, D.F.

This interesting text is the product of collaboration between the Institute of care and prevention of addictions (IAPA) and the National Institute of Psychiatry Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz (INFRDM), institutions that share the commitment to generate knowledge about problems associated with the inequity, the conditions of life of the indigenous population and the consumption of psychoactive substances.

Standardized Indicators for National Drug Information Networks in the Caribbean

Published by
Inter-American Observatory on Drugs (OID)

This guide, developed by and for persons working in member states of the Caribbean, presents a model set of indicators to countries desiring to standardize the way that they organize, collect, and report drug-related information for their DINs. The guide has a systematic layout and begins with an explanation of what a DIN is and provides some examples of DINs from various parts of the world.

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