Publications

Predicting the Size and Characteristics of the Drug Treatment Population – Technical Methods

Published by
Public Health England
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Aim and data specification

This analysis was based on monthly data from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) from December 2005 to November 2016. NDTMS is taken to be a comprehensive description of drug treatment provision for this period.

Pain Management and the Opioid Epidemic: Balancing Societal and Individual Benefits and Risks of Prescription Opioid Use

Published by
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Drug overdose, driven largely by overdose related to the use of opioids, is now the leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States. The ongoing opioid crisis lies at the intersection of two public health challenges: Reducing the burden of suffering from pain and containing the rising toll of the harms that can arise from the use of opioid medications.

Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinician’s Guide

Published by
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
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Introduction

This Guideis written for primary care and mental health clinicians. It has been produced by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA),a component of the National Institutes of Health, with guidance from physicians, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, and clinical researchers.

The 'Explosion’ That Never Happened: Crack and Cocaine Use in Britain

Published by
Drug and Alcohol Findings
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In 1989 a whirlwind of concern was stirred up by a US drug enforcement officer who predicted for Britain a US-style “explosion” of violence associated with the ‘almost instantly addictive’ crack version of cocaine. That did not happen - but what did, where do those claims stand today, and what of cocaine powder, for decades seen as the champagne set’s favourite drug?

World Health Statistics: Monitoring Health for the Sustainable Development Goals

The World Health Statistics series is the World Health Organization's (WHO) annual compilation of health statistics for its member states. The latest World Health Statistics provides data on 21 health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets as well as data on life expectancy. This edition also includes success stories from several countries that are making progress towards the health-related SDG targets.

Hepatitis C ‘Giant’ Still Growing

Published by
Drug and Alcohol Findings
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Half of all surveyed UK injectors infected, a quarter within three years of starting to inject - for a time it seemed impossible to reverse the epidemic of hepatitis C infection. Now we know that aided by new treatments which clear the infection, it can be done ... but will we? A major new analysis for World Hepatitis Day.

2017 UNODC World Drug Report

Published by
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
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Now in its 20th year of publication, the UNODC World Drug Report for 2017 is now available.

It consists of 5 accessible booklets:

Booklet 1 provides a summary of the subsequent 4 booklets. It also discusses the policy implications of the findings they present.

Booklet 2 focuses on the supply, use and health consequences of drug use.

Alcohol Interventions in Primary Care Settings: What Works, What Doesn’t and What's Next?

Published by
Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP)
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This week saw the seminar launch at Edinburgh’s Royal College of Physicians of two key reports on alcohol interventions in primary care settings published by the Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, the University of Stirling

Alcohol Salud Pública y Responsabilidad Social en América Latina

Published by
Daniela Pantani e Ilana Pinsky, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
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PREFACIO

Ilana Pinsky

Luego de muchos años de investigación en el área de publicidad del alcohol, incluye varias publicaciones en revistas científicas y libros, un grupo de investigadores se fue formando en Brasil y nos encontramos con el tema llamado “responsabilidad social” de las empresas de alcohol. Este fenómeno se volvió cada vez más frecuente en Brasil a partir de los años 2000.

Life in Recovery from Addiction in Canada

Published by
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA)
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The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) has recently teamed up with the National Recovery Advisory Committee to produce the first Canadian survey of people in recovery from drug addiction and/or alcoholism.

The findings reached will be particularly useful to healthcare providers, policy-makers and members of the public and help to foster a social environment that supports and celebrates the principles of recovery.

European Drug Report 2017

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) has recently released its European Drug Report for 2017. The document offers an overview of the drug situation across the continent. It covers drug supply and use as well as public health issues and drug policy/responses.

Effectiveness Bank Matrix Bite: Managing Coerced Alcohol Treatment

Published by
Drug and Alcohol Findings Effectiveness Bank
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Key studies on the role of management in the treatment of problem drinking in criminal justice settings and/or to safeguard the community. Just as for practitioners, for managers the challenge is to extract therapeutic benefit out of a coercive, punishment-oriented context.

Prevention and Treatment for Drug Use in Rural Settings

Published by
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has recently published what the organisation describes as ‘an awareness-raising tool’ aimed at policy-makers, public health officials, local authorities and other stakeholders.

Its intent is to guide more effective practice when dealing with substance use issues in rural settings throughout the world.

Effectiveness Bank Matrix Bite: What If the Therapist ... Is Also the Jailer?

Published by
Drug and Alcohol Findings
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A cell in the Alcohol Treatment Matrix. In an extreme form, the title poses the dilemma for alcohol treatment staff who may also be (seen as) working for authorities whose main role is to control or punish the ‘client’ or who may be threatening to remove their children.

Effectiveness Bank Matrix Bite: Treatment not for the Patient but for the Community

Published by
Drug and Alcohol Findings
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The final row of the Alcohol Treatment Matrix enters the domain of treatment organised not primarily for the patient, but to safeguard the wider community, encountering what seems a core contradiction depicted on the cover of WHO guidance on alcohol treatment in prison.

Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids: A Free Online Training Course

Published by
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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A free online training course from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now available.

The course addresses the CDC recommendations with respect to the prescription of opioids for chronic pain as well as their treatment implications.

The aim is to improve decision-making and best practice while the overall health and well-being of the patient remains the number one priority.