Publications

The Public Health Burden of Alcohol and the Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Alcohol Control Policies

Published by
Public Health England
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This review was commissioned by the Department of Health, which asked Public Health England (PHE) to provide an overview of alcohol-related harm in England and possible policy solutions. The present report offers a broad and rigorous summary of the types and prevalence of alcohol-related harm, and evidence for the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of alcohol control policies.

ESPAD Report 2015

Published by
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)
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The European Schools Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) collects comparable data on substance use among 15- to 16-year-old students. It monitors drug usage trends within, as well as, between European countries.

Australian Smoking Habits

Published by
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
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Smoking is a serious health issue worldwide. Prevalence, however, has steadily declined across Australia over the last several decades thanks to a number of successful public health campaigns. The number of smokers in the country is now among the lowest in the world.

Key Points from EMCDDA’s 2016 European Drug Report

Published by
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.

2016 National Drug Threat Assessment

Published by
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
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The purpose of the DEA's 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment is to provide timely and relevant strategic drug-related intelligence for policymakers in the United States to formulate counterdrug policies. Further, it helps law enforcement personnel, educators, and prevention and treatment specialists establish priorities and allocate resources. 

Lethal Highs: How U.S. Customs and Border Protection Laboratories Are Protecting America from Designer Drugs

Published by
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection
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This article summarizes the work of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) in the area of counternarcotics. The CBP describes the challenges to addressing substance use when molecular manipulation is being used by drug manufacturing chemists.

Contingency Management and Drug Disorders

Published by
The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)
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The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) defines contingency management as “a general behavioural intervention technique used in the treatment of drug dependence … designed to weaken drug use and strengthen abstinence.” A systematic review recently published by the organisation assesses the effectiveness of such methods when used in conjunction with pharmacological based tre

Paris Pact Initiative - A Partnership to Combat Illicit Traffic in Opiates Originating in Afghanistan

Published by
UNODC

Since its inception in 2003, the broad international coalition known as the Paris Pact Initiative (PPI), made up today of 58 partner countries and 22 organizations, including UNODC, has evolved into one of the most important frameworks for combatting illicit traffic in opiates originating in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan National Drug Use Survey 2015

Published by
SGI Global, LLC

This five year survey is a global model for its rigor – the only national prevalence survey that I know of in the world where questionnaires were combined with 100% toxicology testing of three biological samples per person (hair, urine, saliva) and 10 panels of drugs, resulting in over 30,000 toxicological tests covering 75% of the country’s urban centers and 52 villages in most provinces.

The survey also includes: 

USA and Europe: Drug Use Compared

Published by
European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) & Monitoring the Future (MTF)
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This month saw the release of the findings from the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD). The publication shows the country-by-country results for the use of various legal and illegal drugs. Thirty-five European countries were included in the study which targeted 15- and 16-year-olds.

Adieu to Stereotypes? Alcohol and Tobacco Consumption in France

Published by
Observatoire français des drogues et des toxiconomies (OFDT)
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If you were asked to provide a list of things we most associate with French cultural identity, wine and cigarettes would probably feature. A recent survey, however, suggests that, as is generally the case across Europe, alcohol and tobacco consumption amongst adolescents in France has decreased over the past five years.

International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Use Disorders

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Drug use disorders are a serious global health problem. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates that 246 million people, or one in twenty 15- to 64-year-olds, used an illegal drug in 2013. Of those who use, one in ten is suffering from a drug use disorder. Scientific evidence suggests that such dependent behaviour is best treated within a public health framework.