Category Archives: Alcohol and Drugs Misuse

ENGLAND & WALES: NEW POWERS TO TACKLE DRUG DRIVING

A new law to make it easier for police to catch and convict drug drivers took effect 2nd March 2015 in England and Wales.

UK: ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP ON ALCOHOL MISUSE MANIFESTO

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse is calling on political parties to commit to 10 measures to minimise alcohol-related harm in the UK. These have been picked up widely by the media, in particular the proposals to include a health warning on all alcohol labels and to reduce the blood alcohol limit for driving in England and Wales to 50mg/100ml.

SCOTLAND: JUSTICE STRATEGY FOR SCOTLAND

The Scottish Government states “ Our vision is of a justice system that contributes positively to a flourishing Scotland, helping to create an inclusive and respectful society in which all people and communities live in safety and security, individual and collective rights are supported and disputes are resolved fairly and swiftly”.

The Strategy mentions a series of priorities including ‘Reducing crime, particularly violent and serious organised crime’ and ‘Reducing the damaging impacts of drug and alcohol problems’.

PRIORITIES FOR TACKLING SUBSTANCE MISUSE IN WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

The third delivery plan of the Welsh Government’s 10 year Substance Misuse Strategy, “Working Together to Reduce Harm”, sets out the actions to be taken to reduce the harm caused by drug and alcohol misuse.

 

 

 

EXPERTS BACK REPORT ‘HEALTH FIRST – AN EVIDENCE-BASED ALCOHOL STRATEGY FOR THE UK’

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

More than 70 health organisations (PDF) from across the UK have backed a new independent alcohol strategy calling for the UK Government to prioritise Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP), amongst a set of key policies aimed at curbing the nation’s drink problem.

SOURCE: University of Stirling News

AN EVIDENCE-BASED ALCOHOL STRATEGY FOR THE UK

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

This Institute of Social Marketing report sets out a strategic plan with key recommendations, and the evidence to underpin them, to reduce the harm from alcohol.

PRIORITIES FOR TACKLING SUBSTANCE MISUSE IN WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

The third delivery plan of the Welsh Government’s 10 year Substance Misuse Strategy, “Working Together to Reduce Harm”, sets out the actions to be taken to reduce the harm caused by drug and alcohol misuse.

GOVERNMENT’S ALCOHOL STRATEGY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The Government’s Alcohol Strategy is a welcomed attempt to address the problems alcohol causes in a coherent way, but its focus on public order overshadows health issues, warn MPs on the Health Committee in a new report.

NEW DRINK-DRIVING LIMITS COME INTO EFFECT IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2011

New drink-driving limits came into effect in the Republic of Ireland on 27 October. The blood alcohol concentration limits were decreased from 80 milligrams (mg) to 20 mg for learner, novice and professional drivers,50 mg for all other drivers. The reductions bring Ireland’s drink-driving limits into line with other European countries.

ALCOHOL CONCERN FACTSHEET, ‘GRASPING THE NETTLE: ALCOHOL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE’

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

This Alcohol Concern factsheet is an updated overview of the research on the association between alcohol and domestic violence and a clear outline of the

STATISTICS ON DRUG MISUSE: ENGLAND, 2009

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2010

This NHS annual statistical report presents a range of information on drug misuse amongst both adults and children. It also includes a focus on young adults. The report is primarily concerned with the use of illicit drugs.

GUIDANCE ON THE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL BY CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2010

The Chief Medical Officer’s guidance for parents, children and young people is based on the most comprehensive ever review of the scientific evidence and follow s an extensive public consultation. The final guidance is the first time advice on children and alcohol has been set out for parents and will be the basis of a new national campaign on alcohol and children to be launched by the  Department for Children School’s and Families. The campaign will provide support and advice to parents and young people on the effects and harms of alcohol.

ALCOHOL ATTRIBUTABLE MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY: ALCOHOL POPULATION ATTRIBUTABLE FRACTIONS FOR SCOTLAND

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2009

The aim of this study was to calculate alcohol population attributable fractions for Scotland, using the best possible estimates based on the current evidence available in the epidemiological literature and specific estimates of population drinking in Scotland. These were then applied to mortality and morbidity data to estimate more fully the burden of alcohol attributable harm in Scotland.

STREET DRUG TRENDS 2009

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

This DrugScope report found a reduction of the purity of drugs such as cocaine and heroin. This was leading to an increase in mixing drugs such as ketamine, ecstasy, cannabis and alcohol among both problem drug users and recreational teenage users. The report looks at information supplied by 70 drug services, police forces, drug user support groups and drug action teams working in 20 areas in the UK.

WORKING TOGETHER TO REDUCE HARM. THE SUBSTANCE MISUSE STRATEGY FOR WALES 2008- 2018

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2008

This 10-year-strategy ‘Working Together to Reduce Harm’, proposes a joint approach to drugs, alcohol and other misused substances.   It sets out how the Welsh Assembly Government and partner organisations will work to reduce the damage caused to individuals, their families and society from all substance misuse.

EVERY CHILD MATTERS: CHANGE FOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE & DRUGS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2004

To support delivery of Every Child Matters: Change for Children and the Updated National Drug Strategy, the Department for Education and Skills, the Home Office, and the Department of Health have agreed a joint approach to the development of universal, targeted and specialist services to prevent drug harm and to ensure that all children and young people are able to reach their potential. The document sets out how those responsible for delivering children and young people’s services and the drug strategy should work together to improve the futures of young people, their families and community. Strategic Guidance on drugs and young people setting out national expectations for local delivery on young people’s substance misuse is included.