The document prepared by Dr. Roberto Canay and Dr. Monica Napoli, in conjunction with the Technical Team of MSAL and subject to review by the Council of Experts.
In 2008 the UK introduced a ‘duty escalator’ which meant alcohol duties (government tax collected by HM Customs and Excise) would rise by 2% above inflation each year until 2012. However, since then the preceding governments have abolished the duty escalator and alcohol duties have been cut or frozen.
These key reports come from the US Pain Management task force at the Department of Health and Human Services. There are 5 instructive documents involving information and facts about pain management, the opioid addiction crisis, special populations and their specific needs, and the role of stigma in treating chronic pain.
Opioid-related morbidity and mortality in the U.S. has been steadily increasing over the last two decades. In 2017 alone, 2.1 million Americans suffered from opioid use disorder (OUD), and 47,600 died from opioid overdose.
This technical report focuses on an elimination barometer for viral hepatitis to help countries assess progress towards eliminating hepatitis C and B among people who inject drugs (PWID).
The barometer is being developed by the EMCDDA together with its expert network on drug-related infectious diseases (DRID), as a follow-up to the first global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis endorsed by the World Health Assembly in 2016.
This week the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has released the European Prevention Curriculum - a handbook designed for decision, opinion and policy makers in science-based prevention of substance use. The aim of the EUPC
Opioids are a class of drugs that act on the nervous system to produce feelings of pleasure and pain relief. Opioids have a high potential for causing addiction in some people and can cause life-threatening health problems, including the risk of overdose.
Over the years there has been a dramatic rise in the number of drug-related deaths worldwide. Finding ways to tackle the issue has become a public health priority.
The latest SPYM newsletter provides an account of the visit from Deputy Secretaries and Directors, Government of India. It also discusses the ways art can be used therapeutically with children, new teacher training programmes and outreach services.
Focus on Youth Football and Alcohol is a joint initiative aiming to reduce underage drinking and heavy episodic drinking among young people, as both strongly affect the health and welfare of Europe’s population.
The evidence highlights that there are links between increased exposure to alcohol advertising and higher levels of drinking by young people.
Alcohol remains one of the most commonly used psychoactive substances in Europe. Despite being a major risk factor for burden of disease, with substantial impacts not only on individual drinkers but also on the broader society, alcohol consumption in Europe continues to be almost double the global average.
In 2011, the WHO European Region adopted the European action plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 2012–2020 (EAPA).
SHAAP and Eurocare have published a summary report covering the discussions that took place during the 8th European Alcohol Policy Conference (8EAPC) at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Scotland, on 20th and 21st November 2018.
The conference covered the following themes:
The National Health Service has been closely following the smoking, drinking and drug use trends amongst young people in England.
Research suggests methamphetamine use is higher amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders compared to non-Indigenous Australians.
The Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses has produced its latest newsletter!
The newsletter highlights the new relationship with SPYM and ISSUP through the establishment of the ISSUP India National Chapter.
There is a report of the International Day for Street Children that was celebrated on April the 15th.
Alcohol use during the teenage years is related to a wide range of health and social problems. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has developed new guidelines to help schools and colleges when teaching their pupils about the risks associated with alcohol.
There has been a call to teach young people social and emotional skills alongside the academic curriculum in schools. Schools are required to promote wellbeing and foster a safe and nourishing environment that caters to the broad range of needs of all students.
Deaths in England directly caused by alcohol rose by 11% between 2006 and 2017. During the same period, hospital admissions in which alcohol misuse was a primary factor increased by 17%.
In 2017 alone almost 1 million hospital admissions were in some way related to this behaviour. That’s around 7% of all hospital admissions that year.
This publication provides an update on drug-related deaths in Europe, presenting and analysing the latest data and trends in drug-induced deaths and overall mortality among high-risk drug users in the European Union and beyond.
Early experiences and life circumstances shape prenatal and early childhood development, with powerful impacts on the developing brain and body that shape health outcomes across the life course and can span generations. The preconception, prenatal, and early childhood periods are critical phases of development that help set the odds for lifelong health and well-being.
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has a high prevalence in people who inject drugs in Europe, although HCV infection is both preventable and curable.
The consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs is a major cause of preventable disease and illness in Australia.
This report, published by the National Records of Scotland, provides statistics of drug-related deaths in 2018 and earlier years, broken down by age, sex, selected drugs reported, the underlying cause of death and NHS board and council areas.
26 June 2019 was the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Multiple campaigns, rallies, poster designing and programs were conducted in the observance of the day. The theme of this year’s day was “Health fo
Monthly Newsletter from June 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019
The aim of the study was to show whether there was a connection
between drug use and eating disorders, as well as to identify the type
of drugs most widely used and to ascertain whether they are used to
suppress appetite. An “ad hoc” scale was developed using the items of the Eating Disorder
Diagnostic Scale, whose aim is to detect cases at risk of certain types of
The use of drugs among adolescents/youth often results in a high degree of distress for the family members who live with them. This in turn can lead to a deterioration of mental (psychological) health, hindering any attempt to successfully cope with the situation. The goal of our research was to study the effect of the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) program on parents of adolescents/young adult drug users.
USAID Funded Drug Demand Reduction Program in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and the Ferghana Valley Region of Kyrgyzstan
The Youth Power Program aims to reduce the amount of injection drug use among Central Asian youth in order to stop a growing HIV epidemic. The goal of this program is to identify high risk youth subgroups and teach them how to make healthy and informed decisions about drug use and sexual behavior.