Publications

Drug Misuse Prevention Quality Standards

Published by
NICE
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This quality standard covers the prevention or delay of harmful use of drugs by children, young people and adults most likely to start using drugs, or already experimenting or using drugs occasionally. This includes illegal psychoactive substances, solvents, volatile substances, image- and performance-enhancing drugs, prescription-only medicines and over-the-counter medicines.

Impact of Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use on the Burden of Disease and Injury in Australia

Published by
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
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This report quantifies the health impact that alcohol and illicit drug use place on Australia, including as risk factors for other diseases and injuries. It estimates that alcohol and illicit drugs were collectively responsible for 6.7% of Australia’s disease burden in 2011.

Centre for criminal networks and illicit trafficking of the Real Instituto Elcano

Published by
Real Instituto Elcano Royal Institute
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This valuable document, Sonia Alda Mejías presents an approach to the analysis of illegal flows of trafficking in cocaine. It does this through a vision that provides some of the key aspects of the analysis of transnational criminal networks, which form part of a world of hiperglobalizado.

Deaths Related to Volatile Substances and Helium in Great Britain

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Office for National Statistics; Mortality Analysis Team, Health Analysis and Life Events Division
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Main points

  • In 2016, there were 64 deaths related to volatile substances registered in Great Britain; over 80% of these volatile substance abuse (VSA) deaths were males.
  • There were 834 deaths involving volatile substances registered between 2001 and 2016.
  • The mortality rate has remained similar throughout the time period, with 1 VSA-related death per million population in 2016.
  • Residents of Scotland

Our Invisible Addicts

Published by
The Royal College of Psychiatrists
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Older adults are often overlooked or even illegally excluded from treatment and support. A recent report found that 75% of residential rehabilitation centres had arbitrary upper age limits and had limited or no disabled access, and follows a series of previous calls to end stigmatization of older adults with alcohol problems  and limited service access.

Supporting Nurse Mentors to Reduce the Barriers to Implementing Alcohol Interventions and Brief Advice (IBA) in Primary Care

Published by
Alcohol Research UK
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Key Findings

  • The findings of this project suggest that providing a relatively low level of support to nurse mentors based in primary care leads to a significant increase in the delivery of IBA.
  • There was a marked increase in the percentage of patients screening positive at an initial screening test going on to receive IBA from 30% at the beginning of the project to 48% at the end.
  • There was a modest increase

Smoking and Dementia

Published by
Age Scotland & ASH Scotland

Introduction

Dementia is a set of symptoms associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities. This can include problems with memory loss, thinking, mental agility, language and understanding. Dementia is common – around 90,000 people in Scotland have the condition - and the risk of it developing increases as you get older.

Effectiveness Bank Matrix Cell: Bridging the Chasm; Legal Drug Prescribers Relating to Illegal Drug Users

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Drug and Alcohol Findings
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In 1960s Britain a chasm of opposing agendas and social distance opened up between doctors treating drug addiction and their patients. This cell of the Drug Treatment Matrix examines how bridging such chasms makes treatment more effective.

Dissemination and Implementation in Health for Researchers and Practitioners

Published by
University of Colorado

Closing the gap between research discovery and clinical and community practice is essential if we are to succeed in improving our nation’s health.

Understanding how best to disseminate and implement evidence-based healthcare and prevention, while not implementing inappropriate or unnecessary services, is challenging.

We have designed this eBook as a resource tool for you.

Guide to treatment and social integration in the field of addictions

Published by
IAPA Instituto para la Atención y Prevención de las Adicciones en la Ciudad de México

The aim of this guide is to facilitate the understanding of the problem of adolescent substance use, as well as present practices based on clinical evidence more effective guidance and intervention with this population.

The guide is addressed to health professionals working in services for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of addictions.

Effectiveness Bank Matrix Cell: Can Medications Make It *Too* Easy to Recover?

Published by
Drug and Alcohol Findings
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Drug-based treatments dominate opiate addiction treatment but are far from universally accepted. Referring to chemical ‘solutions’ to addiction, the ‘bite’ commentary on this cell ends with the “curious possibility that precisely because a technology is (relatively) effortlessly effective, it is to that degree under suspicion”.

Intervention guide mhGAP for mental, neurological disorders and substance use in the level of non-specialized health care. Version 2.0

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Mental, neurological and substance (MNS) disorders are very common and represent a large burden of disease and disability around the world. There remains a wide gap between the capacity of health systems and resources, between what is urgently needed and what is available to reduce the charge. Approximately 1 out of every 10 people suffers from a mental health disorder, but only 1% of global health staff provides mental health care services.

mhGAP Intervention Guide - Version 2.0 for Mental, Neurological and Substance Use Disorders in Non-Specialized Health Settings

Published by
WHO

Overview

This is the second version (2016) of the mhGAP Intervention Guide (mhGAP-IG) for mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders in non-specialist health settings. It is for use by doctors, nurses, other health workers as well as health planners and managers. The Intervention Guide presents the integrated management of priority MNS conditions using algorithms for clinical decision making.

Make a difference, talk to your children about the use of alcohol

Published by
NIAAA

Many people think that to avoid or keep away a problem, the best thing you can do is not to talk about it. Unfortunately, this idea is very common when it comes to consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, especially among young people. In addition to bias, there is a great lack of information, so although fathers and mothers wanted to touch the topic with their children, do not know how to do it.

Analysis of chemical characterization of Fumables cocaine

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CICAD / OID
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The present compendium of chemical characterization of Fumables cocaine is part of the cocaine Fumables project in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, coordinated by the Inter-American Observatory on drugs of the Inter-American Commission for the Control of the abuse of drugs of the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security of the Organization of American States (OID-SSM-CICAD-OAS) with funding from INL-USA.

The Internet and Drug Markets

Published by
EMCDDA
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Summary

The last decade has seen the emergence of new internet technologies that have acted as important facilitators of online drug markets. The internet now hosts a range of virtual marketplaces (both on the surface and deep web) for selling and buying illicit substances, as well as representing a new arena for health and law enforcement interventions.

Alcohol and Drugs Prevention, Treatment and Recovery: Why Invest?

Published by
Public Health England (PHE)
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Estimates show that in the UK the social and economic costs of alcohol related harm amount to £21.5bn, while harm from illicit drug use costs £10.7bn. These include costs associated with deaths, the NHS, crime and, in the case of alcohol, lost productivity.

Providing well funded drug and alcohol services is good value for money because it cuts crime, improves health, and can support individuals and families on the road to recovery.

The International Model of Alcohol Harms and Policies

Published by
University of Victoria, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research
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The Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research at the University of Victoria have released The International Model of Alcohol Harms and Policies.

Comprising of a set of guidelines, methods, and tools this resource was produced with the aim of creating a standardised set of methodologies for alcohol researchers.