Publications

Public Health Language for Recreational Cannabis Laws

Published by
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

Published by
Royal Society for Public Health

KEY POINTS

  • 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

Published by
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

Published by
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

INTRODUCTION

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

Published by
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

Published by
Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS); Centre for Mental Health
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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

Published by
CIDH
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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

Published by
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

Published by
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

Published by
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

Published by
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

Published by
ICD
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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

Published by
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.

The Untold Story: Harms Experienced in the Irish Population Due to Others’ Drinking

Published by
AskAboutAlcohol.ie

Conclusion

The reach of alcohol’s harm to others (AH2O) across Irish society is evident within families, among friends, in the workplace, and is felt by strangers in public spaces. Health, social and law enforcement services become involved in dealing with the consequences of AH2O. The cost estimates of alcohol’s harm to others in Ireland provided in this study are based solely on the AH2O survey data.

The Economic Impact of Changes in Alcohol Consumption in the UK

Published by
Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI), University of Strathclyde Business School
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Executive Summary

The alcohol industry (both manufacturing and sales) is important to the UK Economy as it supports thousands of jobs (IAS, 2017a; Oxford Economics, 2016). However, there are many well documented adverse effects of high alcohol consumption, most notably on public health. With the UK having one of the highest alcohol consumption rates in the world, recent Government policy has sought to address some of this harm.

Guidelines on the Management of Co-Occurring Alcohol and Other Drug and Mental Health Conditions in Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Settings

Published by
Australian Government Department of Health

In a nutshell...

These Guidelines aim to provide alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers with evidence-based information to assist with the management of co-occurring, or comorbid, AOD and mental health conditions. They represent an update and revision of the first edition of these Guidelines published in 2009.