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Results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (September 2014)
Summary of National Findings and Detailed Tables (SAMHSA)
 
Deaths Related to Drug Poisoning in England and Wales, 2013 (September 2014)
2,955 drug poisoning deaths (involving both legal and illegal drugs) were registered in 2013 in England and Wales (2,032 male and 923 female deaths) - Download (Office of National statistics)
 
“Legal highs”: safe and legal “heavens”? (August 2014)
A study on the diffusion,knowledge and risk awareness of novel psychoactive drugs among students in the UK
 
Young People and Drugs (August 2014)
This survey explores young people’s perceptions of and attitudes towards drugs (EU)
 
Adult Drinking Patterns in Northern Ireland 2013 (August 2014)
This report presents the main findings of the Adult Drinking Patterns Survey 2013 (Drugs and Alcohol Ireland)
 
Forensic early warning system (FEWS) annual report (August 2014)
Annual report on the Home Office forensic early warning system, which identifies new psychoactive substances in the UK (Home Office, UK)
 
Drug misuse: findings from the 2013 to 2014 (August 2014)
Examines the extent and trends in illicit drug use among a sample of 16 to 59 year old residents in households in England and Wales HTML or PDF (Home Office)
 
Licit and Illicit Drug Use during Pregnancy (July 2014)
Maternal, Neonatal and EarlyChildhood Consequences (CCSA)
 
Drug misuse: Findings from the 2013/14 Crime Survey for England and Wales (July 2014)
This release examines the extent and trends in illicit drug use among a nationally representative sample of 16 to 59 year olds resident in households in England and Wales, and is based on results from the 2013 to 2014 Crime Survey for England and Wales (Home Office)
 
Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England - 2013 (July 2014)
This report contains results from an annual survey of secondary school pupils in England in years 7 to 11 (mostly aged 11 to 15). 5,187 pupils in 174 schools completed questionnaires in the autumn term of 2013 (HSCIC)
 
Tables for 'Drug misuse: findings from the 2013 to 2014 CSEW' (July 2014)
Estimated and reported drug use in 16 to 24 year olds and 16 to 59 year olds (Home Office)
 
EMCDDA–Europol Joint Report on a new psychoactive substance: 4,4'-DMAR (July 2014)
In February 2014, the EMCDDA and Europol examined the available information on a new psychoactive substance, 4-methyl-5-(4-methylphenyl)-4,5-dihydrooxazol-2-amine (commonly known by the abbreviation 4,4'-DMAR). The two organisations concluded that sufficient information had been accumulated to merit the production of a Joint Report on 4,4'-DMAR as stipulated by Article 5.1 of the Council Decision (EMCDDA)
 
National Drugs Strategy Household Surveys (July 2014)
Highlights from the 2013 survey (AIHW)
 
The Links between Mephedrone Use, Violence and other Harms in South Wales (July 2014)
This research, funded by Welsh Government and South Wales Police, was commissioned in response to growing concerns by police, other criminal justice professionals and a range of practitioners who work with drug users, about the negative impacts of mephedrone use upon users, their families and communities (Centre for Criminology University of South Wales)
 
In Search of Rights (July 2014)
Drug Users and State Responses in Latin America (CEDD)
 
Young people and drugs (June 2014)
Survey requested by the Directorate-General for Justice and co-ordinated by the Directorate-General for Communication (Eurobarometer)
 
Drug use, impaired driving and traffic accidents, second edition (June 2014)
This literature review provides a comprehensive report on the relationship between drug use, impaired driving and traffic accidents. It describes methodological issues, presents the results of prevalence surveys among drivers, provides an overview of findings from major international epidemiological surveys, and gathers evidence from experimental and field studies of the relationship between drug use, driving impairment and traffic accidents (EMCDDA)
 
Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2012/13: Drug Use (June 2014)
This report specifically examines the findings from the self-completion questionnaire on illicit drug use in Scotland (Scottish Government)
 
Drug use in Ireland and Northern Ireland (June 2014)
2010/11 Drug Prevalence Survey: Polydrug Use Results (National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol)
 
Alcohol consumption in Ireland 2013 (June 2014)
The main objective of the National Alcohol Diary Survey was to estimate personal consumption of, and expenditure on, alcohol among the general population aged 18–75 years living in private households in Ireland (HRB)
 
White House Summit on the Opioid Epidemic (June 2014)
Acting Director Michael Botticelli hosted Attorney General Eric Holder, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, Director of National Institute on Drug Abuse Dr. Nora Volkow, and two panels of experts to address the national epidemic of opioid abuse.(ONDCP)
 
National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics 2013 (June 2014)
On a snapshot day in 2013, over 47,000 clients received pharmacotherapy treatment for their opioid dependence at 2,355 dosing points around Australia (AIHW)
 
Methamphetamine trafficking increases, new psychoactive substances flood markets, according to new UNODC report (June 2014)
Rates of methamphetamine seizures are higher than ever across the world, largely driven by the rise in seizures in East and South-East Asia as well as in North America, according to the 2014 Global Synthetic Drugs Assessment (UNODC)
 
Relapse in the Golden Triangle (June 2014)
TNI's indepth examination of the illegal drug market in the Golden Triangle, which has a witnessed a doubling of opium production, growing prison populations and repression of small-scale farmers. This report details the failure of ASEAN's 'drug free' strategy and the need for a new approach (TNI)
 
Prisoner survey 2013 - Substance Misuse (June 2014)
(Scottish Prison Service)
 
Statistics on Alcohol - England, 2014 (May 2014)
This statistical report acts as a reference point for health issues relating to alcohol use and misuse, providing information obtained from a number of sources in a user-friendly format (HSCIC)
 
Wastewater analysis and drugs (May 2014)
European multi-city study (EMCDDA)
 
European Drug Report 2014: Trends and developments (May 2014)
This report provides a top-level overview of the long-term drug-related trends and developments at European level, while homing in on emerging problems in specific countries (EMCDDA)
 
UK leads the way with £8.6 million seizure in international operation targeting dangerous counterfeit, controlled and unlicensed medicines (May 2014)
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) today announced that it has seized £8.6 million of counterfeit and unlicensed medicines in the UK, including huge hauls of potentially harmful slimming pills and controlled drugs such as diazepam and anabolic steroids (MHRA)
 
Opiate and crack use continues to fall, alongside significant decrease in injecting (May 2014)
The number of opiate and crack cocaine users in England has fallen again according to independent research published today by PHE
 
Estimates of the Prevalence of Opiate Use and/or Crack Cocaine Use, 2011/12 (May 2014)
This report summarises the results of the fourth follow-up study to a three-year project to estimate the prevalence of opiate and/or crack use (previously defined as ‘problem drug use’) nationally (England only), regionally, and locally (PHE)
 
Business as usual? (May 2014)
A status report on new psychoactive substances (NPS) and ‘club drugs' in the UK (DrugScope on behalf of the Recovery Partnership)
 
Global Synthetic Drugs Assessment (May 2014)
Amphetamine-type sti mulants and new psychoacti ve substances (UNODC)
 
Drugs: new psychoactive substances and prescription drugs (May 2014)
This Command Paper is published in response to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s report Drugs: new psychoactive substances and prescription drugs, published on 20 December 2013 (UK Government)
 
Illicit Drug Data Report 2012-13 (May 2014)
provides a statistical overview of illicit drug arrests and seizures as well as profiling the current situation, national impact and the emerging trends and threats of illicit drugs in Australia (Australian Crime Commission)
 
Drugs: new psychoactive substances and prescription drugs (May 2014)
This Command Paper is published in response to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s report Drugs: new psychoactive substances and prescription drugs, published on 20 December 2013 (Government, UK)
 
Local Alcohol Profiles for England (April 2014)
April 2014 annual data update (Governement, UK)
 
The Australian (Illicit) Drug Policy Timeline 1985 - 2014 (April 2014)
Events are listed by jurisdiction, at the national and state/territory level (NDARC)
 
The Australian Crime Commission Illicit Drug Data Report 2012–13 (April 2014)
Provides a snapshot of the Australian illicit drug market (ACC)
 
Emergency health consequences of cocaine use in Europe (April 2014)
A review of the monitoring of drug-related acute emergencies in 30 European countries (EMCDDA)
 
The Global Drug Survey 2014 findings (April 2014)
Reflections on the results of the world’s biggest ever drug survey by Dr Adam Winstock
 
Study on the prevalence of drug use, including intravenous drug use, and blood-borne viruses among the Irish prisoner population (April 2014)
An observational cross-sectional study, targeting all prisons and prisoners in Ireland, carried out in early 2011(NACD Research Advisory Group, Ireland)
 
Drug Use Among the Prisoner Population in Ireland (April 2014)
New study on drug use in Irish prisons shows improvement in treatment provision and support services for prisoners (NACDA)
 
The levels of use of opioids, amphetamines and cocaine and associated levels of harm: summary of scientific evidence (April 2014)
This report presents the findings of a literature review to identify the most frequently occurring patterns of use and their relation to harm in users of opioids, powder and crack cocaine, and meth/amphetamine (EMCDDA)
 
Drug use in Ireland Bulletin 4 and Northern Ireland (April 2014)
2010/11 Drug Prevalence Survey: Cocaine Results (National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol)
 
Synthetic Cannabinoids in Canada (April 2014)
Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) are a large and diverse group of chemicals or substances. Some have psychoactive properties and in the last five years have been marketed for recreational use as legal alternatives to cannabis (CCSA, Canada)
 
Analysis of Deaths occurring in 2012 (March 2014)
The 479 cases analysed in this report are a subset of the 581 drug-related deaths already published by National Records Scotland (NRS) in August 2013 (NHS Scotland)
 
National forum on drug-related deaths in Scotland (March 2014)
This is the sixth report of the Forum and reflects on the important work done by the members and their associated organisation in 2013 (SFAD)
 
Country Snapshot: Drugs in Zimbabwe (March 2014)
Africa is witnessing an upsurge in illicit drug trafficking as well as an increase in drug use/misuse and the problems associated therewith. Whilst data in the region is sketchy, the UNODC World Drug Report of 2013 estimates that there are 28 million drug users in Africa (Global Drug Policy Observatory)
 
Drug use in Pakistan (March 2014)
(UNODC)
 
How Much Do Americans Really Spend on Drugs Each Year? (March 2014)
The consequences of drug use in our communities are important to measure so that we can better understand both the scope of the problem and the scale of response required. Drug problems intersect with, and contribute to, many challenges our Nation faces. Read the full report. (ONDCP)
 
Dangerous synthetic drugs hit the EU market (March 2014)
Europol and the EMCDDA have issued today early-warning notifications about two synthetic drugs that have recently been linked to serious harms in the EU (EMCDDA)
 
Drug use in prison: assessment report (Feb 2014)
The report presents a review of tools for monitoring illicit drug use in prison population in Europe (EMCDDA)
 
Alcohol-related Hospital Statistics Scotland 2012/13 (Feb 2014)
The information reported in this publication is based on hospital data from ISD General Acute Inpatient / Day cases Records (SMR01) and mainly relates to the years 2008/09 to 2012/13 (National Statistics Publication for Scotland)
 
Alcohol-related deaths in the United Kingdom, registered in 2012 (Feb 2014)
Part of Alcohol-related deaths in the United Kingdom, registered in 2012 Release - download (Office for National Statistics)
 
NBOMe compounds (Feb 2014)
This paper reviews the evidence of misuse and harm in relation to the NBOMe compounds, which has been considered by ACMD at meetings of the Novel Psychoactive Substances Committee in April 2013 and by the full Council in May and October 2013 (Government, UK)
 
Drug-related deaths in the UK: January-December 2012 (Feb 2014)
Drug-related deaths reported by Coroners in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man; Police forces in Scotland; & the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths)
 
Amphetamine-Type Stimulants in Latin America 2014 (Feb 2014)
UNODC report
 
Ecstasy, legal highs and designer drug use: A Canadian perspective (Feb 2014)
This article discusses the problems and trends of synthetic drug use in Canada and reflects on the limited education available to youth in this regard (Drug Science, Policy and Law)
 
Why do people start injecting? Access to care study in Kenya (Feb 2014)
Many people start using heroin and other drugs by smoking, chasing or sniffing, and then gradually move on to start injecting. This briefing paper explains the reasons why people are attracted to inject drugs through a study case in Kenya (IDPC)
 
Drug and alcohol misuse amongst young offenders on probation in Ireland (Feb 2014)
This research report presents the findings from a national survey on: “Drug and Alcohol Misuse among Young Offenders on Probation Supervision in Ireland". Undertaken by the Probation Service, the survey included all young offenders, aged 20 years or less who were subject to statutory supervision on the 3rd December 2012 (Probation Service, Ireland)
 
Exploring methamphetamine trends in Europe (Jan 2014)
The methodology used is based on the triangulation of data collected using a number of investigative approaches and from multiple source (EMCDDA)
 
Popping Pills: Prescription Drug Abuse in America (Jan 2014)
NIDA recently challenged the public to create Infographics that present current scientific information about prescription drug abuse in interesting, novel, and creative ways to help inform and educate the general public (NIDA)
 
Meth in London? Heroin in Zagreb? Sewage pinpoints drug use in communities (Jan 2014)
Scientists, increasingly able to detect minuscule amounts of compounds, have begun to test sewage to gauge communities’ use of illegal drugs (Environmental Health News)
 
Drug-related deaths and deaths among drug users in Ireland (Jan 2014)
This update presents figures from the National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI) on deaths due to poisoning by alcohol and/or other drugs, and deaths among drug users, in the period 2004–2011 (NDRDI)
 
Understanding alcohol-related hospital admissions (Jan 2014)
In summary, the new supplementary indicator provides a narrower measure of alcohol harm that is less sensitive to the changes that have occurred in coding over the years and therefore enables fairer comparison between levels of harm in different areas and over time. (UK Government)
 
Numbers of DLA claimants with drug or alcohol misuse by local authority and sex: May 2013 (Jan 2014)
Freedom of Information (FOI) request showing the numbers of DLA cases in payment with a main disabling condition of drug or alcohol misuse by local authority and sex at May 2013 (UK Government)
 
Injecting drug use among under-18s (Jan 2014)
Young people who inject drugs have specific developmental, social and environmental vulnerabilities. They are less likely to use harm reduction and treatment services and are less informed about risks and their rights. Early onset of injecting, and being a new injector, have been associated with increased risks of HIV and hepatitis C transmission, while specific groups of young people, especially those that are street involved, are at considerably higher risk PDF (International Drug Policy Consortium)
 
Drugs: new psychoactive substances and prescription drugs (Dec 2013)
Twelfth Report from the Home Affairs Committee PDF (UK Government)
 
Sixty percent of 12th graders do not view regular marijuana use as harmful (Dec 2013)
NIH’s 2013 Monitoring the Future Survey shows high rates of marijuana use; decreases in abuse of pain relievers and synthetic drugs (NIDA)
 
Monitoring the Future Survey, Overview of Findings 2013 (Dec 2013)
This year’s Monitoring the Future Survey of drug use and attitudes among American 8th, 10th, and 12th graders continues to provide generally encouraging news, with many forms of drug use holding steady at low levels among the nation’s adolescents; however, concerns persist over the softening of attitudes around some types of drug use, particularly decreases in perceived harm and disapproval of marijuana use and perceived harm of non-medical use of prescription medications such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Adderall (NIDA)
 
Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs (Dec 2013)
Trends for 8th-Graders, 10th-Graders, and 12th-Graders; 2010 - 2013 (NIDA)
 
American teens more cautious about using synthetic drugs (Dec 2013)
National samples of 40,000 to 50,000 students in three grades (8, 10 and 12) have been surveyed every year since 1991. Among the most important findings from this year's survey of U.S. secondary school students are the following. 40 page PDF (Monitoring the Future study, the University of Michigan)
 
United Kingdom Drug Situation - UK Focal Point On Drugs (Dec 2013)
Annual Report to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (Public Health England)
 
Southeast Asia Opium Survey 2013 (Dec 2013)
Poppy cultivation in Myanmar rose 13% from the previous year to 57,800 hectares, more than doubling since 2006. In Lao cultivation levelled off but remains a concern (UNODC)
 
Golden Triangle opium production rises 22 per cent in 2013, says UNODC (Dec 2013)
Led by a 13 per cent increase in Myanmar opium cultivation to 57,800 hectares (from 51,000 ha in 2012), opium poppy cultivation in Southeast Asia's Golden Triangle of Myanmar, Lao PDR and Thailand rose for the seventh consecutive year, according to a new UNODC report
 
Recent Illicit Drugs Reporting System (IDRS) results for the Northern Territory (Dec 2013)
This bulletin presents recent illicit drug use and selected harm data for the Northern Territory based on yearly IDRS surveys (NDARC)
 
Co-morbid substance use and mental disorders in Europe: a review of the data (Dec 2013)
Identifying the co-occurrence of drug use and mental health disorders in the same individuals is essential for effective treatment of their drug use problems. Reviewing the available information on psychiatric co-morbidity among drug users in European countries, the paper shows that there is a need to establish guidelines to collect comparable information across Europe. Download (EMCDDA)
 
Rise in LSD use among Regular Psychostimulant Users: Why the increase and is it a cause for concern? (Dec 2013)
Significant increase in recent use of LSD from 2008-2013. Download (NDARC)
 
Drug-related Deaths (Edinburgh and Lothians) Annual Report (Dec 2013)
Download 2012 Report and Case Review Group 2013 (NHS Lothian)
 
Ecstasy-related emergency department visit (Dec 2013)
Over a six-year period, Ecstasy-related emergency department visits rose 128 percent for those younger than 21 (SAMHSA)
 
Number of young people in specialist substance misuse services falls again (Dec 2013)
The downward trend in the number of young people in England receiving help for substance misuse problems continued in 2012 to 2013 (Government, UK)
 
Substance misuse among young people in England 2012-13 (Dec 2013)
Despite the downward trends, there remain serious concerns (Public Health England)
 
Human immunodeficiency virus among people who inject drugs (Dec 2013)
Is risk increasing in Europe? (Eurosurveillance)
 
Benzofurans: A review of the evidence of use and harm (Dec 2013)
The evidence concerning these substances and closely related analogues was considered by the ACMD at meetings of the Novel Psychoactive Substances Committee and by the full Council in 2012 and 2013. A Temporary Class Drug Order (TCDO) for these substances and some closely related analogues came into force on 10 June 2013. Download (Government, UK)
 
“High”-School: The Relationship between Early Marijuana Use and Educational Outcomes (Dec 2013)
We use unique survey data linked to nearly a decade of administrative welfare data to examine the relationship between early marijuana use (at age 14 or younger) and young people’s educational outcomes (Melbourne Institute)
 
Statistics on Drug Misuse: England 2013 (Nov 2013)
This compendia report presents a range of published information on drug misuse among both adults and children which has been drawn together from a variety of sources. The report also presents some new information on hospital admissions related to drug misuse (Health and Social Care Information Centre)
 
Trauma and recovery amongst people who have injected drugs within the past five years (Nov 2013)
Volunteer fieldworkers themselves in recovery interviewed 55 people (38 men, 17 women) who had injected drugs within the previous five years, using a structured life story interview (Scottish Drugs Forum)
 
Adolescent substance use (Nov 2013)
AYPH Research Summary
 
Drug use and other risky behaviours in young people attending a music festival (Nov 2013)
Results of research into risky behaviours at a festival (Burnet Institute, Australia)
 
Shooting Up: Infections among people who inject drugs in the UK 2012. An update (Nov 2013)
The 11th annual report on infections among people who inject drugs in the United Kingdom. Download (Public Health England)
 
Global burden of disease attributable to illicit drug use and dependence (Nov 2013)
Findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (The Lancet)
 
Patterns and Trends of Amphetamine-Type Stimulants and Other Drugs (Nov 2013)
Challenges for Asia and the Pacific (UNODC)
 
Methamphetamine Trends in the Australian Capital Territory (Nov 2013)
Findings from the 2013 Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System and Illicit Drug Reporting System (NDARC)
 
Drugs and Driving among WA PWID in the 2013 IDRS Sample (Nov 2013)
While it has long been recognised that driving under the influence of alcohol represents a serious road safety hazard, it is only relatively recently that the issue of driving under the influence of other drugs has come to serious attention in Australia (NDARC)
 
Licit and Illicit Drug Use during Pregnancy: Maternal, Neonatal and Early Childhood Consequences (Nov 2013)
The current report is devoted to drug use during pregnancy— more specifically, the maternal, neonatal and early childhood consequences of using substances ranging from tobacco and alcohol, to marijuana, cocaine and heroin. Through this installment, we hope to bring the challenges faced by pregnant women “out of the shadows” so we can better meet their needs and those of their children (CCSA, Canda)
 
Higher Rates of Adolescent Substance Use in Child Welfare Versus Community Populations in the United States (Nov 2013)
Substance use prevalence was higher among child welfare-involved youths than community youths for lifetime marijuana use, lifetime and current inhalant use, and lifetime and current other illicit drug use (Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs)
 
Just a laughing matter? (Nov 2013)
Nitrous oxide use among a group of regular psychostimulant users in Melbourne, Victoria (Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute)
 
UNAIDS report on the global AIDS epidemic 2013 (Nov 2013)
This report on the global AIDS epidemic contains the latest data on numbers of new HIV infections, numbers of people receiving antiretroviral treatment, AIDS-related deaths and HIV among children - download (IDPC)
 
The Global Epidemiology and Contribution of Cannabis Use and Dependence to the Global Burden of Disease (Oct 2013)
Results from the GBD 2010 Study (PLOS ONE)
 
Trends in Drug Use and Related Harms in Australia, 2001 to 2013 (Oct 2013)
The purpose of this resource document is to collate various data sources that document trends in alcohol and other drug use and harms in Australia (NDARC)
 
Experts deliver warning on emerging psychoactive substances (EPS) and hallucinogens (Oct 2013)
More than 40 per cent of all regular psychostimulant users have used an emerging psychoactive substance (EPS) in the previous six months according to research to be released by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC)
 
Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic (Oct 2013)
According to the report, prescription drug abuse has quickly become a top public health concern, as the number of drug overdose deaths - a majority of which are from prescription drugs - doubled in 29 states since 1999. The rates quadrupled in four of these states and tripled in 10 more of these states (Trust for America's Health)
 
The temporal relationship between drug supply indicators: an audit of international government surveillance systems (Oct 2013)
With few exceptions and despite increasing investments in enforcement-based supply reduction efforts aimed at disrupting global drug supply, illegal drug prices have generally decreased while drug purity has generally increased since 1990. These findings suggest that expanding efforts at controlling the global illegal drug market through law enforcement are failing (BMJ)
 
Inquiry into Supply and Use of Methamphetamines (Oct 2013)
ReGen submission on their experience in developing treatment and education responses to problematic methamphetamine use (ReGen, Australia)
 
The World Drug Report (Sept 2013)
A comprehensive overview of the latest developments in drug markets. It covers production, trafficking, consumption and the related health consequences - Full report (UNODC)
 
Coca crop cultivation down in Peru - 2012 UNODC coca monitoring survey (Sept 2013)
Coca bush cultivation is down some 3.4 per cent in Peru, according to the 2012 national coca monitoring survey (PDF in Spanish) (UNODC)
 
UNAIDS report on the global AIDS epidemic 2013 (Sept 2013)
The 2013 report on the global AIDS epidemic contains the latest data on numbers of new HIV infections, numbers of people receiving antiretroviral treatment, AIDS-related deaths and HIV among children (UN Aids)
 
Trends in amphetamine-related harms in Victoria (Sept 2013)
A 110 per cent increase in ambulance attendances to ice-related emergencies in Melbourne between 2010-11 and 2011-12 (Medical Journal of Australia)
 
UNODC early warning system records rapid increase in legal highs in 2013 (Sept 2013)
Over the past 12 months, the number of new psychoactive substances reported to UNODC rose by 41 per cent, from 251 to 354, while countries reporting detection of these substances climbed from 70 to 90 (UNODC)
 
Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health
Summary of National Findings and Detailed Tables (SAMHSA, USA)
 
Poisons service issues ‘legal highs’ alert (Sept 2013)
The National Poisons Information Service annual review says that between April 2012 and March this year phone calls to experts about ‘legal highs’ went up 49%, from 116 in 2011 to 2012 to 173 in 2012 to 2013, and searches for information on ‘legal highs’ on NPIS’ online database TOXBASE, climbed by 128%, from 1125 to 2561 in the same period (National Poisons Information Service, UK)
 
No Quick Fix: Exposing the depth of Britain's drugs and alcohol problem (Aug 2013)
This report lays bare the reality of substance abuse and addiction in Britain today (Centre for Social Justice, UK)
 
Global burden of disease attributable to illicit drug use and dependence (Aug 2013)
Findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (The Lancet)
 
Deaths Related to Drug Poisoning in England and Wales, 2012 (Aug 2013)
This statistical bulletin presents the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics on deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales for the last five years. Data from 1993 are available to download, and are discussed in the commentary to provide context to the latest data. Figures are presented by cause of death, sex, age, substance(s) involved in the death, and by country and region. Download (ONS, UK)
 
First analysis of global drug dependence reveals opioids responsible for the greatest burden of death and illness (Aug 2013)
The first ever analysis of the global and regional prevalence of dependence upon the four major categories of illicit drugs – amphetamine, cannabis, cocaine, and opioids (such as heroin) – has revealed that opioid dependence causes the greatest health burden (overall death and illness) of all the illicit drugs. The results come from new analysis of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010, and are published in The Lancet (NDARC)
 
Ecuador: Drug use begins at age 14 (Aug 2013)
That’s the average age young people start using drugs in Ecuador, according to the Fourth National Drug Survey by the National Council for the Control of Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances (CONSEP), which in 2012 interviewed 30,000 students between the ages of 12 and 17 and was published in February 2013 (Infosurhoy)
 
Drug-related deaths in Scotland in 2012 (Aug 2013)
Statistics of drug-related deaths in 2012 and earlier years, broken down by age, sex, selected drugs reported, underlying cause of death and NHS Board and Council areas (National Records of Scotland)
 
Synthetic cannabis: prevalence of use among offenders, perception of risk and negative side effects experienced (Aug 2013)
In response to the growing concern over the availability and use of products containing synthetic cannabinoids in Australia, the Australian Institute of Criminology, in consultation with NCPIC, surveyed a sample of offenders through the DUMA program to ask about their experience with using synthetic cannabis (NCPIC)
 
Colombia grows quarter less coca crop, according to UNODC 2012 survey (Aug 2013)
The area under coca crop cultivation in Colombia fell by a quarter in 2012 to 48,000 hectares (ha), down from 6 Colombia Coca Cultivation Survey 20124,000 ha in 2011. This was the national picture at the end of 2012 (UNODC)
 
Coca crop cultivation and yield continue to decline in Bolivia for second straight year : UNODC 2012 Coca Monitoring Survey (Aug 2013)
The cultivation of coca bush decreased by around 7 per cent in the Plurinational State of Bolivia, according to the 2012 national coca monitoring survey presented today by UNODC and the Bolivian Government. In 2012, the area under cultivation stood at around 25,300 hectares (ha), down from the previous year's figure of some 27, 200 ha. This decline confirms the downward trend noted in 2011, when cultivation fell by 12 per cent since 2010 (UNODC)
 
South Australia Drug Trends 2012: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) (Aug 2013)
The median age of first injection among the IDRS sample was 18 years, which was stable from 2011. The first drug ever injected by participants was primarily methamphetamine (65%), followed by heroin (28%). However, in relation to drug of choice (favourite or preferred drug), heroin was the most popular drug nominated by participants (46%), closely followed by methamphetamine (39%). Interestingly, in 2012 methamphetamine overtook heroin as the drug injected most often in the last month | NDARC, Australia
 
Hepatitis C in the UK 2013 report July 2013
Hepatitis C predominantly affects marginalised groups of society, including people who inject drugs and minority ethnic populations, and so the government policy gives us a clear mandate to tackle hepatitis C (HPA, UK)
 
Drug misuse: findings from the 2012 to 2013 CSEW
This release examines the extent and trends in illicit drug use among a nationally representative sample of 16 to 59 year olds resident in households in England and Wales and is based on results from the 2012 to 2013 Crime Survey for England and Wales (Home Office, UK)
 
High levels of THC in Australian cannabis: new study July 2013
The first systematic analysis of the potency of Australian cannabis has found high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the main psychoactive component of the drug – in samples confiscated by police from recreational users in New South Wales (NDARC, Australia)
 
Unlinked Anonymous Monitoring Survey of People Who Inject Drugs July 2013
he Unlinked Anonymous Monitoring Survey of HIV and Hepatitis in people who inject drugs (PWID) aims to measure the changing prevalence of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C in PWID who are in contact with specialist drug agencies e.g. needle and syringe programmes and treatment centres (PHE, UK)
 
HIV and Injecting Drug Use
NAT has published a report on 'HIV and Injecting Drug Use'. Issues discussed include MSM and problematic drug use, policy on OST maintenance, elevated mortality rates amongst people who inject drugs and have HIV - and many other matters. For a quick skim you can see the recommendations in blue boxes throughout the report, and then also collated at the end (NAT, UK)
 
Drug situation in Vancouver June 2013
This report contains 15 years of prospective data on drug use and behavioural trends among some of the city’s most vulnerable PWUD, including HIV-positive and HIV-negative PWUD and street-involved youth (Urban Health Research Initiative, Canada)
 
Illicit Drug Data Report 2011-12 May 2013
The Illicit Drug Data Report is produced by the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) and is recognised as one of the most valuable tools for law enforcement agencies, policy and decision makers, research bodies and other stakeholders in developing strategies to combat the threat posed by illicit drugs (ACC, Australia)
 
Drug Seizures by Scottish Police Forces, 2011-12 April 2013
This bulletin presents figures for drug seizures made by police forces in Scotland in 2011-12, as well as revised data for 2010-11. The statistics in this bulletin relate to drugs controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, which divides drugs into three classes A, B and C (Scottish Government, UK)
 
Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) National Report 2012 April 2013
The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) is intended to serve as a monitoring system, identifying emerging trends of local and national concern in illicit drug markets (NDARC, Australia)
 
New and emerging drugs April 2013
Magazine containing articles on many aspects of new and emerging drugs such as harm reduction, legislation, UK experience etc (Australian Drug Foundation, Australia)
 
A growing EU illicit drugs market shows the impact of the crisis March 2013
The economic crisis is expected to have a major impact on the drugs market, for example through an increase of demand for illicit drugs, according to the findings of a study - Further insights into aspects of the EU illicit drugs market - published today by the (European Commission, Belgium)
 
Driving under the influence of drugs March 2013
Report from the Expert Panel on Drug Driving (Dept of Transport, UK)
 
Fall in heroin and crack use as drugs lose appeal, particularly for the young March 2013
The number of heroin and crack cocaine users in England has fallen below 300,000 for the first time. The latest estimates (PDF) support the continuing shift away from the most harmful drugs, particularly among younger people. Independent research published today by the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) reveals a significant fall in use among the under 25s and under 35s in the last year (NTA, UK)
 
Drug related deaths in the UK February 2013
Drug-related deaths reported by Coroners in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man; Police forces in Scotland; & the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (np SAD, UK)
 
Primary Care Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Commissioning and Provision Against a Backdrop of Localism February 2013
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and Substance Misuse Management in General Practice (SMMGP) have issued a joint paper (PDF) considering the future impact of the changing commissioning environment on primary care drug and alcohol treatment (SMMGP, UK)
 
Drug-related deaths and deaths among drug users in Ireland February 2013
This update (PDF) presents figures from the National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI) on deaths due to poisoning by alcohol and/or other drugs, and deaths among drug users, in the period 2004–2010 (Health Research Board, Ireland)
 
EMCDDA–Europol Joint Report on a new psychoactive substance: 5-(2-aminopropyl)indole February 2013
At the end of September 2012, the EMCDDA and Europol examined the available information on a new psychoactive substance 5-(2-aminopropyl)indole (commonly known by the abbreviation ‘5-IT’), through a joint assessment. Download report (EMCDDA & Europol)
 
EU drug markets report: a strategic analysis January 2013
he EU drug markets report is the first comprehensive overview of illicit drug markets in the European Union. It covers issues such as production, consumer markets, trafficking, organised crime and policy responses, along with a review of the markets for heroin, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine, methamphetamine, ecstasy and new psychoactive substances (EMCDDA, Europol, Portugal)
 
Khat: A review of its potential harms to the individual and communities in the UK January 2013
In October 2010 the Minister Responsible for Drugs asked the ACMD to review khat by considering the available evidence and to advise the government as to the current situation in the UK: the harms caused to individuals and the societal harms in the affected UK's Somali, Yemeni and Ethiopian communities (ACMD, UK)
 
Prescription drug misuse remains a top public health concern January 2013
Prescription drug misuse is second only to marijuana as the nation’s most prevalent illicit drug problem according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) |
 
Data co-ordination overview of drug misuse 2011 January 2013
The 2011 Data Co-ordination Overview reports on treated substance misuse in the South East region, which cover the counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford H(ealth Service Executive, Ireland)
 
Data co-ordination overview of drug misuse 2011 (PDF) January 2013
The 2011 Data Co-ordination Overview reports on treated substance misuse in the South East region, which cover the counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford ( Health Service Executive, Ireland)
 
2012 Monitoring the Future Results December 2012
Overall, 45,449 students from 395 public and private schools participated in this year's Monitoring the Future survey (NIDA)
 
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Alcohol and Medicines in Europe December 2012
This Thematic paper presents the key findings of the European Union’s research project on Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Alcohol and Medicines, known as the DRUID project (EMCDDA)
 
2012 Patterns and Trends of Amphetamine-Type Stimulants and Other Drugs Asia and the Pacific December 2012
A series of slides (UNODC)
 
Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits Involving Synthetic Cannabinoids December 2012
As synthetic cannabinoids have become more available, the number of ED visits involving synthetic cannabinoids has increased (SAMHSA)
 
Prevalence of daily cannabis use in the European Union and Norway November 2012
This report brings together, for the first time in Europe, an integrated overview of the prevalence of intensive cannabis use, defined as daily or almost daily cannabis use | EMCDDA
 
Seizures of drugs in England and Wales, 2011/12 November 2012
There were 216,296 drug seizures by the police and the UK Border Agency (UKBA) in England and Wales in 2011/12, a two per cent increase on 2010/11 | Home Office, UK
 
2012 Annual report on the state of the drugs problem in Europe November 2012
This is an essential reference book for policymakers, specialists and practitioners in the drugs field or indeed anyone seeking the latest findings on drugs in Europe | EMCDDA
 
Club drug users warned as new figures show more getting help November 2012
While overall drug use has declined in England, there has been an increase in those needing treatment for ‘club drugs’ such as ketamine and mephedrone in the last six years - Report | NTA, UK
 
Shooting Up November 2012
Infections among people who inject drugs in the UK 2011. Download |Health Protection Agency, UK
 
Drug-related deaths in the UK Annual Report 2011 November 2012
The annual report of drug-related deaths that have occurred in the preceding calendar year and comments on emerging trends | National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths, UK
 
Drugs Misuse Statistics Scotland November 2012
This annual publication presents the latest available information from a range of national data sources relevant to drug misuse | ISD Scotland
 
Substance misuse among young people 2011-12 November 2012
For the small percentage of under- 18s who get into difficulties with drugs or alcohol, the problems can become significant | NTA, UK
 
South-East Asia Opium Survey 2012 - Lao PDR, Myanmar October 2012
Myanmar opium poppy cultivation jumped 17 per cent in 2012 to 51,000 hectares (up from 43,000 ha in 2011) in spite of Government figures showing that 23,717 ha of opium poppy has been eradicated - more than three times the 7,058 ha it eradicated in 2011 | UNODC
 
HIV among people who inject drugs in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia October 2012
A systematic review with implications for policy | BMJ
 
WHO expert committee on drug dependence October 2012
Thirty-fifth report | World Health Organization
 
Accidental opioid-induced deaths in Australia 2008 October 2012
Opioid deaths include those due to heroin, but may also include overdoses due to other opioids such as opium, morphine and oxycodone | NDARC, Australia
 
Afghanistan - Survey of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation and Production 2011 October 2012
The 2011 Survey of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation and Production estimated the total area under cultivation in 2011 at 12,000 hectares and a potential production of 1,300 tons | UNODC
 
Statistics for drug treatment activity in England 2011-12 October 2012
National Drug Treatment Monitoring System | NTA, UK
 
Statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System October 2012
1 April 2011– 31 March 2012 Vol1: The Numbers| NTA, UK
 
Statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System October 2012
1 April 2011 – 31 March 2012 Vol 2: Technical Notes | NTA, UK
 
Heroin and other opioid related deaths on the rise October 2012
A report released by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre reveals that a total of 500 Australians aged 15-54 died due to accidental opioid overdoses in 2008 – the latest year for which final figures are available. Based on preliminary estimates, deaths are higher again in 2009 and 2010 | NDARC, Australia
 
Accidental opioid-induced deaths in Australia 2008 October 2012
This bulletin provides interpretation of final data on accidental opioid induced deaths in Australia in 2008, and estimated data for 2009 and 2010 | NDARC, Australia
 
National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2011 October 2012
Summary of National Findings | SAMHSA, USA
 
Drug Misuse Declared September 2012
Findings from the 2011/12 Crime Survey for England and Wales (2nd Edition). This release examines the extent and trends in illicit drug use among a nationally representative sample of 16 to 59 year olds resident in households in England and Wales | Home Office, UK
 
Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces September 2012
To better understand this problem, DoD requested that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) assess the adequacy of current protocols in place across DoD and the different branches of the military pertaining to the prevention, screening and diagnosis, and treatment of substance use disorders | National Academies Press, USA
 
Coca crop cultivation up in Peru - 2011 coca monitoring survey September 2012
The cultivation of coca bushes, which provide the raw material for cocaine, is up some 5.2 per cent in Peru [1], according to the 2011 national coca monitoring survey | UNODC
 
Global SMART Update September 2012
The UNODC Global Synthetics Monitoring: Analyses, Reporting and Trends (SMART) Programme enhances the capacity of Member States in priority regions to generate, manage, analyse, report and use synthetic drug information to design effective policy and programme interventions | UNODC
 
Drug use in Ireland and Northern Ireland September 2012
Alcohol Consumption and Alcohol-Related Harm in Ireland 2010/2011 Drug Prevalence Survey | National Advisory Committee on Drugs, Ireland
 
2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health September 2012
Summary of National Findings | SAMHSA, USA
 
The Illicit Drug Landscape in the U.S and Paths for Future Efforts September 2012
A new RAND Corporation report outlines the illicit drug landscape in the United States, providing insights about how some of the challenges might be addressed and highlighting other problems that need further studt | RAND, USA
 
Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces September 2012
To better understand the current substance use problems within the U.S. military, the Department of Defense (DoD) asked the IOM to analyze policies and programs that pertain to prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of substance use disorders for active duty service members in all branches, members of the National Guard and Reserve, and military families | Institute of Medicine, USA
 
Volatile substance abuse – butane-based substances September 2012
A summary of coronial recommendations and comments made between 1 January–31 March 2012 | Office of the Chief Coroner, New Zealand
 
Research Reports: Inhalant Abuse September 2012
Provides scientific research on the nature and extent of inhalant abuse, its potential health consequences, and hazards of chemicals found in commonly abused inhalants | NIDA, USA
 
‘Initiation into drug use’ addendum: Findings from the DUMA program August 2012
The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) interviewed 842 detainees about their first experience of drug use as part of the AIC’s Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program | Australian Institute of Criminology
 
Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales, 2011 August 2012
There were 1,772 male and 880 female drug poisoning deaths (involving both legal and illegal drugs) registered in 2011, a 6 per cent decrease since 2010 for males and a 3 per cent increase for females | Office for National Statistics, UK
 
Supply, Demand and Harm Reduction in Australian Prisons August 2012
The operation of Australia’s prisons need far greater levels of accountability and transparency, as well as a much stronger commitment to providing effective programs and treatment for people with drug and alcohol problems issues if we are to see any real reductions in reoffending rates. Download | Australian National Council on Drugs
 
2012 Teen Survey August 2012
CASAColumbia’s 2012 back-to-school teen survey reveals that 86 percent of American high school students say that some classmates are drugging, drinking and smoking during the school day and almost half know a student who sells drugs at their school. Download | CASA, USA
 
Drug-related deaths in Scotland in 2011 August 2012
Statistics of drug-related deaths in 2011 and earlier years, broken down by age, sex, selected drugs reported, underlying cause of death and NHS Board and Council areas | National Statistics publication for Scotland, UK
 
Substance Misuse, January-March 2012 August 2012
The latest quarterly statistics on Substance Misuse in Wales produced by the Welsh Government were released on 14 August 2012 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. Download | Welsh Government, UK
 
Alcohol-drug combinations account for nearly 37 percent of substance abuse treatment admissions August 2012
According to a report 23.1 percent of all admissions reported the abuse of alcohol and one other drug, and 14.1 percent reported the abuse of alcohol and two or more drugs | SAMHSA, USA
 
Legal highs or illegal highs? August 2012
A chemical analysis examining the pharmacology of novel psychoactive substances freely available over the internet and their impact on public (ill)health | BMJ Open
 
Nearly 40 Percent of Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions Report Alcohol Drug Combinations August 2012
National data from the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) for 2009 show that 730,228 substance abuse treatment admissions (37.2 percent) reported abuse of alcohol and at least one other drug; 23.1 percent of all admissions reported the abuse of alcohol and one other drug, and 14.1 percent reported the abuse of alcohol and two other drugs | SAMHSA, USA
 
Injecting Equipment Provision in Scotland Survey 2010/11 July 2012
This publication reports on the findings of the survey of injecting equipment provision (IEP) to people who inject drugs and relates to financial year 2010/11. Summary | ISD, Scotland, UK
 
Naloxone - Supply and Use 2011-2012 July 2012
This is the first annual release of monitoring information from the National Naloxone Programme in Scotland. This report presents data on the number of ‘take-home’ naloxone kits issued as part of the national programme during 2011/12. Summary| ISD, Scotland, UK
 
UN and U.S. Estimates for Cocaine Production Contradict Each Other July 2012
UN numbers suggest an increase in land under coca cultivation in Colombia, while "mysterious" U.S. numbers suggest a decrease | WOLA
 
Drug Misuse Declared July 2012
Findings from the 2011/12 Crime Survey for England and Wales which examines the extent and trends in illicit drug use among a nationally representative sample of 16 to 59 year olds resident in households in England and Wales | Home Office, UK
 
Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England in 2011 July 2012
This report contains results from an annual survey of secondary school pupils in England in years 7 to 11 (mostly aged 11 to 15). 6,519 pupils in 219 schools completed questionnaires in the autumn term of 2011 | NHS Information Centre, UK
 
Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey July 2012
The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) is a population survey of Ontario students in grades 7 through 12 | Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada
 
Data: statistical bulletin 2012 July 2012
Available for viewing on screen, or downloadable in Excel format, the information is organised according to 11 datasets, covering issues from the prevalence of drug use and the demand for treatment to the price and purity of drugs, responses to drug use and drug-related crime, infectious diseases and deaths | EMCDDA
 
HIV/AIDS among IDUs in Greece July 2012
In July 2011, Greece - historically a low HIV-prevalence country - reported an outbreak of new HIV infections among drug injectors | EMCDDA
 
Licit and illicit quetiapine use among IDRS participants July 2012
IDRS Bulletin July 2012 | NDARC, Australia
 
Criminal activity among regular ecstasy users in Australia July 2012
Prevalence and predictors. Download | NDARC, Australia
 
SAMHSA releases new reports on drug use July 2012
The first indicates that youths between the ages of 12 and 17 are far more likely to start using most substances during the summer than during other parts of the year. The second is a report of data from the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) | SAMHSA, USA
 
Prescription Painkiller Overdoses: Methadone July 2012
Almost one-third of prescription painkiller overdose deaths involve methadone. Six times as many people died of methadone overdoses in 2009 than a decade before. Learn the facts and what you can do to address this problem. CDC Vital Signs report | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
 
Victorian drug statistics handbook July 2012
Patterns of drug use & related harm in Victoria | textual image stating. Download | Department of Health, Victoria, Australia
 
Trends in injecting drug use in Europe June 2012
This volume brings together data from a wide variety of sources as it describes Europe’s current drug injecting problem and plots its trends in recent years | EMCDDA
 
Measuring drug use patterns in Queensland through wastewater analysis June 2012
The Australian Institute of Criminology has released a ground-breaking research paper on wastewater analysis (WWA) of drugs, by the University of Tasmania, Queensland University, and the Australian Federal Police | Australian Institute of Criminology
 
Drug use in Ireland and Northern Ireland Drug Prevalence Survey 2010/11 June 2012
This bulletin presents key findings at a local level from the third drug prevalence survey of households in both Ireland and Northern Ireland. The survey sampled a representative number of people aged between 15 and 64 during late 2010 and early 2011 | INEF, Ireland
 
Narrowing of regional differences in the use of illegal drugs June 2012
This bulletin provides a breakdown of prevalence rates by region for use of illegal drugs, tobacco, alcohol, sedatives, tranquillisers and anti-depressants. Download | Drugs.ie, Ireland
 
National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data collection: 2011 report June 2012
This report shows that on a snapshot day in 2011, there were 46,446 clients who received pharmacotherapy for opioid dependence and 1,444 prescribers. Clients are getting older, with the proportion of those aged 30 and over increasing from 7 in 10 (72%) in 2006 to more than 8 in 10 (85%) in 2011 | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
 
National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data (NOPSAD) 2012 collection data guide June 2012
The National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data (NOPSAD) collection is an administrative by-product collection (that is, secondary use). Data are collated in each jurisdiction from information already collected for the purposes of administering or providing a service (that is, primary use) | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
 
Amphetamine users and crime in Western Australia, 1999–2009 June 2012
Statistics consistently highlight a higher prevalence of the use of amphetamines in Western Australia compared to other Australian drug markets. It is the third most commonly used drug in Western Australia behind cannabis and ecstacy | Australian Institute of Criminology
 
Decriminalization and Initiation into Cannabis Use June 2012
Decriminalizing cannabis shifts the age distribution of uptake towards younger age groups while leaving the proportion of those who will start using cannabis unchanged. This suggests that decriminalization e ects when individuals start using cannabis, rather than whether or not they start | University of Melbourne, Australia
 
Opium Winter Risk Assessment 2012 - (Phase 1&2) June 2012
In 2012, the Opium Risk Assessment is carried out in two phases similar to last year. The first phase was carried out in December 2011 and January 2012 and covered the Central, Eastern, Southern and Western region, where opium is sown in fall 2011. The second phase took place in February-March 2012 and covered the Northern and North-eastern regions, where opium poppy is cultivated in spring | UNODC
 
Drug Related Hospital Statistics Scotland 2011 May 2012
Hospital data relating to drug use in Scotland 2010/11. Download | ISD Scotland, UK
 
Substance Misuse, October-December 2011 May 2012
The latest quarterly statistics on Substance Misuse in Wales produced by the Welsh Government were released on 24 May 2012 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. Download | Welsh Government, UK
 
Drug use among police detainees May 2012
A comparative analysis of DUMA and the US Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring program, Download | Australian Institute of Criminology
 
Drug use among police detainees May 2012
A comparative analysis of DUMA and the US Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring program, Download | Australian Institute of Criminology
 
How much crime is drug or alcohol related? May 2012
Self-reported attributions of police detainees - Download | Australian Institute of Criminology
 
Injecting drug use among Aboriginal people in New South Wales May 2012
The National Centre in HIV Social Research and the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW announce the release of a jointly produced research brief: Injecting drug use among Aboriginal people in NSW - Download | NCHSR, Australia
 
Illicit Drug Data Report 2010-11 May 2012
It provides a statistical overview of illicit drug arrests and seizures as well as profiling the current situation, national impact and the emerging trends and threats of illicit drugs in Australia - full report | Australian Crime Commission
 
Report estimates number of crimes prevented by drug treatment May 2012
Every £100 invested in drug treatment services prevents a crime being committed, according to a study released today - 'Estimating the Crime Reduction Benefits of Drug Treatment and Recovery' | National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, UK
 
ACT Trends in Ecstasy and Related Drug Markets 2011 May 2012
Findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) - Download | NDARC, Australia
 
NSW Drug Trends 2011 May 2012
Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) - Download | NDARC, Australia
 
More Drug Trends Jurisdictional Reports May 2012
Full list of reports from | NDARC, Australia
 
Opiate flows through northern Afghanistan and central Asia May 2012
A threat assessment | UNODC
 
Sharp rise in crystal meth ambulance call-outs May 2012
Figures released today show a 107 per cent increase in crystal methamphetamine-related ambulance call-outs, with 282 incidents in 2010-11 compared with just 136 in 2009-10 - Report | Turning Point, Australia
 
ACPO published UK national problem profile commercial cultivation of cannabis April 2012
A national problem profile published today by the Association of Chief Police Officers shows the commercial cultivation of cannabis continues to pose a significant risk to the UK with increasing numbers of farms being detected by police | Association of Chief Police Officers, UK
 
Europol 2011 Annual Report on the implementation of Council Decision 2005/387/JHA April 2012
New drugs were detected in the European Union in 2011 at the rate of around one per week, with a total of 49 new psychoactive substances officially notified for the first time via the EU early-warning system - Download report | EMCDDA
 
Drug Seizures by Scottish Police Forces, 2010-11 April 2012
The statistics in this bulletin relate to drugs controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, which divides drugs into three classes A, B and C | Scottish Government, UK
 
Afghanistan Opium Survey 2012 April 2012
Opium Risk Assessment for all Regions | UNODC
 
Statistics from the Northern Ireland Drug Addicts Index 2011 April 2012
People are registered on the index if they are known to be, or if a medical practitioner considers them to be, addicted to one or more of 14 controlled drugs. These controlled drugs include Heroin, Cocaine, Methadone and Morphine | Northern Ireland Executive
 
Benzodiazepine update April 2012
Our findings support research that among people who inject drugs those who use benzodiazepines have poorer physical and mental health and are more likely to have been involved in violent crime - Download | NDARC, Australia
 
Scottish Crime and Justice Survey: Drug Use March 2012
The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) is a large-scale continuous survey measuring people's experience and perceptions of crime in Scotland. The survey is based on 13,000 in-home face-to-face interviews with adults (aged 16 or over) living in private households in Scotland | Scottish Government, UK
 
Guide on Estimating Requirements for Substances under International Control March 2012
The Guide is meant to assist Governments of countries with low levels of consumption of controlled substances in calculating their requirements so that they can then submit to INCB estimates and assessments that accurately reflect those requirements. It could also be useful for Governments of countries in which the consumption levels for some substances are disproportionately high | INCB
 
New Report: Cocaine Smuggling in 2010 March 2012
Over the past year, we have worked with the intelligence community to compile a picture of the latest cocaine trafficking trends based on the data we have available. The most recent report - Cocaine Smuggling in 2010 | ONDCP, USA
 
2009–10 report on drug use among police detainees March 2012
Monitoring report no.17 - Download | Australian Institute of Criminology
 
Australian crime March 2012
Facts & figures: 2011 | Australian Institute of Criminology
 
Substance Misuse, July-September 2011 February 2012
Statistics on Substance Misuse in Wales include data concerning people presenting to treatment services for substance misuse | Welsh Government, UK
 
Drug Misuse Statistics Scotland 2011 February 2012
This annual publication collates the available information on drug use from a range of national data sources | Information Services Division, NHS Scotland, UK
 
The National Drug Related Deaths Database Report (Scotland) 2010 February 2012
Publication Summary - Full Reports | Information Services Division, NHS Scotland, UK
 
Research on Drinking and Drugs in the Workplace February 2012
A seminal study at UB’s Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) reported that during the course of the year “15% of the U.S. workforce has used or been under the influence of alcohol at work.” | RIA, University of Buffalo, USA
 
Decrease in use of ecstasy/MDMA February 2012
Findings from the DUMA program - Download | Australian Institute of Criminology
 
Drug Crime and the Narcotics Market in Tajikistan February 2012
This report is a short summary of the following book chapter published in the Russian language: Latypov, A. (2011). Drug dealers, drug lords and drug warriors-cum-traffickers: Drug crime and the narcotics market in Tajikistan | Eurasian Harm Reduction Network
 
Narcotic Drugs - Estimated World Requirements for 2012 - Statistics for 2010 February 2012
Technical Report | International Narcotics Control Board
 
Psychotropic Substances February 2012
Technical report 2011: Statistics for 2010. Assessments of Annual Medical and Scientific Requirements for Substances in Schedules II, III and IV of the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 | International Narcotics Control Board
 
Report shows 7.5 million children live with a parent with an alcohol use disorder February 2012
A new report shows 7.5 million children under age 18 (10.5 percent of this population) lived with a parent who has experienced an alcohol use disorder in the past year. According to the report by | SAMHSA, USA
 
Pharmaceutical drug use among police detainees February 2012
In light of increased concern regarding the illegal use of prescription medication and the extent of the diversion of pharmaceuticals into the black market, the AIC incorporated a set of new questions into its third quarterly DUMA survey in 2011 | Australian Institute of Criminology
 
Ending gang and youth violence - detailed report February 2012
The report looks into the scale of the problem of gang and youth violence, analyses its causes, and identifies what can be done by government and other agencies to stop the violence and to turn around the lives of those involved | Home Office, UK
 
HIV in injecting drug users in the EU/EEA January 2012
In response to a notified increase in HIV cases among injecting drug users (IDU) in Greece and Romania, the European Commission asked the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) in November 2011 to conduct a rapid inquiry among their network of HIV surveillance- and drug focal points to investigate whether such increases had occurred in other countries | EMCDDA
 
Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), 2009 January 2012
The DAWN public-use dataset provides information for all types of drugs, including illegal drugs, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications | Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive, USA
 
Extent of illicit drug use and dependence, and their contribution to the global burden of disease January 2012
This paper summarises data for the prevalence, correlates, and probable adverse health consequences of problem use of amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine, and opioids | The Lancet, UK
 
SALSUS National Report 2010 December 2011
Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) - National Report 2010 | ISD Scotland, UK
 
SALSUS - Local reports 2010
These documents present survey information at ADP local level on the Smoking, Drinking And Drug Use Among 13 And 15 Year Olds | Drug Misuse in Scotland, UK
 
Amphetamine: a European Union perspective in the global context December 2011
This joint publication with the European Police Agency, Europol, is an in-depth study on the illicit market in amphetamine - Download - Press release | EMCDDA
 
UK Drug Situation - 2011 Edition UK Focal Point on Drugs December 2011
Annual report to the European monitoring centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction | UK Focal Point on Drugs, Centre for Public Health, UK
 
Illicit drug related emergency department visits vary by metropolitan area December 2011
Information collected from eleven metropolitan areas including Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Miami (Dade County and Fort Lauderdale Division), Minneapolis, New York (Five Boroughs Division), Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle | SAMHSA, USA
 
Trends in treated problem drug use in Ireland 2005 to 2010 December 2011
This paper describes trends in treated problem drug use in Ireland between 2005 and 2010. The analysis presented is based on data reported to the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) and to the Central Treatment List (CTL) Full report - Appendix - Press release | HRB, Ireland
 
National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2010 December 2011
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) series (formerly titled National Household Survey on Drug Abuse) primarily measures the prevalence and correlates of drug use in the United States | SAMHSA, USA
 
An assessment of the prevalence of drug misuse in South Inner City Dublin 2011 December 2011
In May 2011, South Inner City Drugs Task Force commissioned research to assess the prevalence of drug misuse in South Inner City Dublin | South Inner City Local Drugs Task Force, Ireland
 
Injection Drug Abuse Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment: 1992 and 2009 December 2011
Although the number of injection admissions increased from over 199,000 in 1992 to nearly 278,000 in 2009, they remained a relatively constant proportion of all admissions (13.2 percent of all substance abuse treatment admissions in 1992 and 14.3 percent in 2009) | SAMHSA, USA
 
What consumers are using now December 2011
EDRS Bulletin December 2011: What consumers are using now: which drug is on top? Feasibility study of regular stimulant users - Download | NDARC, Australia
 
Drug-related deaths and deaths among drug users in Ireland in 2009 December 2011
The number of heroin-related deaths increased by 20% in 2009. The latest figures from the National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI) show a total of 3,334 deaths in the six-year period 2004 to 2009. Of these deaths, 2,015 were due to poisoning and 1,319 were deaths of drug users arising from traumatic or medical causes - Download | Health Research Board, Ireland
 
Trends in HIV and hepatitis C virus infections among injecting drug users in Europe, 2005 to 2010 December 2011
Data on newly diagnosed HIV infections and HIV prevalence in 2005 to 2010 suggest falling infection rates in injecting drug users (IDUs) in the European Union (EU). However, recent increases in HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection rates in IDUs suggest increasing injecting risks in some countries | Eurosurveillance
 
Methamphetamine on the rise in East and South-East Asia November 2011
The report, 2011 Patterns and Trends of Amphetamine-Type Stimulants and Other Drugs, Asia and the Pacific, highlights the latest patterns and trends of ATS - a market which includes amphetamine, methamphetamine, methcathinone, and ecstasy-group substances - as well as other illicit drugs in East and South-East Asia | UNODC
 
NACD study reveals that home grown cannabis has stronger potency than imported variety November 2011
The research entitled The potency of cannabis products and their THC content provides the first national baseline for measuring the potency of the drug | National Advisory Committee on Drugs, Ireland
 
Patterns and Trends of Amphetamine-Type Stimulants and Other Drugs – Asia and the Pacific – 2011 November 2011
A Report from the Global SMART Programme | UNODC
 
Estimating the prevalence of problem drug use in Scotland 2009/10 November 2011
The report contains estimates of the prevalence of problem drug use (opiates and benzodiazepines) in 2009/10 for council, Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP), health board (HB), and police force areas in Scotland - Summary | ISD, Scotland
 
National Prison Entrants’ Blood borne Virus and Risk Behaviour Survey Report November 2011
Prevalence of HIV, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, sexually transmissible infections, and risk behaviours among Australian prison entrants | Kirby Institute, UNSW, Australia
 
Young people's lifestyle choices and related health indicators: local area profiles November 2011
They include findings from a survey conducted across the North West to assess behaviour and attitudes towards alcohol and tobacco. In addition they draw on other well-established indicators that measure the impact of alcohol and drugs | North West Public Health Observatory, UK
 
Changing the Future - Experiencing Adolescence in Contemporary Ireland November 2011
This third report in UNICEF Irelands’ Changing the Future series addresses the very pertinent themes of drugs and alcohol, the different levels of consumption that the young respondents to UNICEF Ireland’s survey report and, most critically, the roles that drugs and alcohol seem to be playing in the lives of young Irish people today | UNICEF Ireland
 
Substance misuse services in adult prisons in England November 2011
As part of the Government’s October 2010 spending review, responsibility for the funding of non-clinical substance misuse services in contracted adult prisons in England transfered to NHS primary care trusts. This letter published jointly by the Department and National Offender Management Service outlines the next steps required to intergrate substance misuse services in prisons | Department of Health, UK
 
People living with psychotic illness 2010 November 2011
The report’s chapter on co-occurring substance use disorders is attached and can be downloaded here | Department of Health and Ageing, Australia
 
Statistics of Drug Misuse: England, 2011 November 2011
This annual statistical report presents information on drug misuse among both adults and children. It includes a focus on young adults. Report | Health and Social Care Information Centre, UK
 
Drug Use in Ireland and Northern Ireland November 2011
2010/11 Drugs survey reveals that level of recent and current drug use remains stable | NACD, Ireland
 
Experiencing Adolescence in Contemporary Ireland: Drugs and Alcohol November 2011
More of the respondents reported that they took drugs than reported that they smoked cigarettes’ finds the first report which addresses the issues of drugs and alcohol | UNICEF Ireland
 
Increase in use of methamphetamine November 2011
Findings from the DUMA program - Fact sheet | Australian Institute of Criminology
 
Substance Misuse, April-June 2011 November 2011
The latest quarterly statistics on Substance Misuse in Wales produced by the | Welsh Government, UK
 
Shooting Up – Infections among injecting drug users in the United Kingdom 2011 November 2011
This report describes time trends on the extent of infections among PWID in the UK. It is based on data to the end of 2010. This year’s report
 
Seizures of drugs in England and Wales, 2010/11 November 2011
The Home Office Statistical Bulletin contains figures for seizures of drugs made in 2010/11 by local police forces and the UK Border Agency within England and Wales | Home Office, UK
 
Drugs in Australia 2010: tobacco, alcohol and other drugs November 2011
Drugs in Australia 2010 provides a comprehensive summary of Australians consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and use of treatment services, drawing on the latest statistics from major national collections | AIHW, Australia
 
Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2009-10 November 2011
Report on the National Minimum Data Setreport on the National Minimum Data Set - Download | AIHW, Australia
 
Increase in use of methamphetamine
Findings from the DUMA program | Australian Institute of Criminology November 2011
 
Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the US November 2011
The number of overdose deaths is now greater than those of deaths from heroin and cocaine combined | CDC, USA
 
Recorded crime quarter 3 2011 October 2011
In Q3 2011, there were 4,766 recorded Controlled drug offences, a decrease of 15.0% on Q3 2010. There were 3,449 recorded offences of Possession of drugs forpersonal use offences in Q3 2011, a decrease of over 14% on the corresponding figure in Q3 2010 | Central Statistics Office, Cork, Ireland
 
Substance Misuse, 2010-11 October 2011
The latest statistics for Substance Misuse in Wales produced by the Welsh Government Department of Local Government and Communities were released on 27 October 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority - Download | Welsh Assembly Government, UK
 
BALKA: Women, HIV, and Drug Use in Ukraine October 2011
A documentary film directed by Anya Meksin and Leeza Meksin and produced by Sophie Pinkham, Balka details the lives of women struggling with drug use and HIV in Ukraine | Open Society Foundations, USA
 
IDRS Bulletin October 2011 - Key findings October 2011
Key findings from the 2011 IDRS. PDF | UNSW / NDARC, Australia
 
IDRS Bulletin October 2011 - Supplement October 2011
Drug injection trends among participants in the Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey (ANSPS), 1995 - 2010 | UNSW / NDARC, Australia
 
Opium Production in Afghanistan Shows Increase, Prices set to Rise October 2011
Opium poppy-crop cultivation in Afghanistan reached 131,000 hectares in 2011, 7 per cent higher than in 2010, due to insecurity and high prices, said the summary findings of the 2011 Afghan Opium Survey released today (11 October)by the Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
 
Statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) October 2011
This report presents information relating to drug treatment in England from 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011 | National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, UK
 
The figures are analysed in an NTA report
Drug treatment and recovery 2010-11 | National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, UK
 
The NSDUH Reports October 2011
The NSDUH Report - Substance Use among Adolescents: Hispanic - Asian - American Indian or Alaska Native - Black | SAMHSA, USA
 
Student Drug Use October 2011
Cross-Canada Report on Student Alcohol and Drug Use. Summary - Full report | Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
 
Coca bush cultivation in Bolivia remains stable September 2011
The 2010 coca survey for the Plurinational State of Bolivia showed no change in coca bush cultivation in the past year, 31,000 hectares (ha) being recorded as under cultivation | UNODC
 
2011 Global ATS Assessment September 2011
It ranks amphetamine-type stimulants such as ecstasy and methamphetamine as the world's second most widely used type of drug after cannabis | United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
 
Emerging Drug Trends in Lancashire September 2011
Focusing on young adults’ alcohol and drug use. Phase Two Report | Lancashire DAAT, UK
 
Results from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health September 2011
Summary of National Findings | SAMHSA, USA
 
HIV-1 outbreak among injecting drug users in Greece, 2011: a preliminary report September 2011
A significant increase (more than 10-fold) in the number of newly diagnosed HIV-1 infections among injecting drug users (IDUs) was observed in Greece during the first seven months of 2011 | Eurosurveillance
 
Mapping HIV-related behavioural surveillance among injecting drug users in Europe, 2008 September 2011
The extent of behavioural surveillance among injecting drug users (IDUs) in Europe was examined using data collected through a questionnaire sent to all 31 countries of the European Union and European Free Trade Association as part of a European-wide behavioural surveillance mapping study on HIV | Eurosurveillance
 
Respectable Addiction September 2011
A qualitative study of over the counter medicine abuse in the UK | Pharmacy Practice Research Trust, UK
 
Fall in opiate and crack use in England: independent research published today September 2011
The number of people in England who use heroin and crack has fallen, according to independent research published by the | National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, UK
 
National and regional estimates of the prevalence of opiate and/or crack cocaine use 2009/10 September 2011
This full report was written by: Gordon Hay, Maria Gannon, Jane Casey: The Centre for Drug Misuse Research, University of Glasgow and Tim Millar: The National Drug Evidence Centre, University of Manchester, UK
 
The State of Men’s Health in Europe August 2011
This report provides a comprehensive overview of the state of men’s health across the 27 Member States of the European Union, the 4 states of the European Free Trade Association and the 3 candidate countries. It highlights the broad range of mortality and morbidity data arising from the many different health conditions which affect men in Europe | European Commission
 
Substance Misuse, January-March 2011 August 2011
The latest quarterly statistics on Substance Misuse in Wales produced by the Welsh Government were released on 25 August 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. Download PDF | Welsh Government, UK
 
Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales, 2010 August 2011
The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics on deaths related to drug poisoning (involving both legal and illegal drugs) and drug misuse (involving illegal drugs) in England and Wales for the period 2006 to 2010 | Office for National Statistics, UK
 
Our Invisible Addicts August 2011
First report of the older persons' substance misuse working group of the | Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK
 
Poly drug use among police detainees August 2011
Offenders with complex drug dependencies involving two or more drug types comprise a substantial proportion of drug court and drug diversion clients, yet evaluation studies have demonstrated that these offenders often have poorer retention rates and higher post-program reoffending rates. Download | Australian Institute of Criminology
 
Drug-related Deaths Down for Second Consecutive Year August 2011
The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland has fallen for the second year in succession Documents here | Registrar General, Scotland, UK
 
Prescription drug use among detainees: Prevalence, sources and links to crime August 2011
Concern regarding the diversion and non-medical use of prescription pharmaceuticals continues to grow as anecdotal evidence and other research points to a sizeable increase in the illegal market for such drugs. Download | Australian Institute of Criminology
 
Drug Misuse Declared July 2011
Findings from the 2010/11 British Crime Survey England and Wales | Home Office, UK
 
Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England in 2010 July 2011
This report contains results from an annual survey of secondary school pupils in England in years 7 to 11 (mostly aged 11 to 15). 7,296 pupils in 246 schools completed questionnaires in the autumn term of 2010 | NHS Information Centre, UK
 
The global Afghan opium trade July 2011
A Threat Assessment | UNODC
 
2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report July 2011
This 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report shows: positive and significant reductions since 2007 in daily tobacco smoking; mixed findings on alcohol consumption and risk; and a small overall rise in illicit drug use. Full report | AIHW, Australia
 
State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders from the 2008-2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health July 2011
This report presents state estimates for 25 measures of substance use or mental disorders based on 2008 and 2009 statistics and estimates of change from previous years' data. Reports on illicit drug, alcohol and tobacco use; treatment need; and mental health factors | SAMHSA, USA
 
State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders July 2011
From the 2008-2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health | SAMHSA, USA
 
Statistical bulletin 2011 July 2011
The Statistical bulletin is published yearly by the EMCDDA and provides access to the most recent statistical data relating to the drugs situation in Europe | EMCDDA
 
Eurobarometer report released July 2011
The European Commission have released the results of its fourth survey exploring Youth attitudes on drugs. Fact sheet | EMCDDA
 
National Minimum Data Set - specifications and collection manual July 2011
Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set 2011-12: specifications and collection manual | AIHW, Australia
 
Youth attitudes on drugs July 2011
Analytical report | European Commission
 
Khat use in Europe: implications for European policy July 2011
Exact numbers of regular khat users on a worldwide scale do not exist, however estimates range up to 20 million. This paper presents the challenges associated with the spread of khat consumption - Download | EMCDDA
 
Afghanistan Cannabis Survey 2010 June 2011
The 2010 survey – based on data from yield studies, satellite imagery and village level interviews with farmers and headmen – found indications of both stability and change relative to the 2009 survey | UNODC
 
Demographic Subgroup Trends for Various Licit and Illicit Drugs June 2011
Monitoring the Future Occasional Paper 74 | NIDA, USA
 
An Overview of New Psychoactive Substances and the Outlets Supplying Them June 2011
This report represents the outcome of a review of new psychoactive substances2 within the Irish context, including a review of the outlets that supply these substances. Download | National Advisory Committee on Drugs, Ireland
 
Monitoring the Future June 2011
National survey results on drug use, 1975-2010. Volume I: Secondary school students | Monitoring the Future, USA
 
The Transatlantic Cocaine Market June 2011
While almost all of the cocaine produced globally comes from the Andean region (Colombia, Peru and the Plurinational State of Bolivia), the location of demand has shifted drastically in the last decade | UNODC
 
Drug policy profiles — Portugal June 2011
The EMCDDA Drug policy profiles aim to describe some of the main characteristics of national drug policies in Europe and beyond. PDF | EMCDDA
 
National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data collection 2010 June 2011
On a snapshot day in 2010 there were 46,078 clients who received pharmacotherapy for opioid dependence, of which almost two in three were male | AIHW, Australia
 
The health of Australia's males June 2011
Report includes Alcohol consumption and Illicit drug use. Download | AIHW, Australia
 
30 years on: people living with HIV in the UK about to reach 100,000 June 2011
There is no doubt that the magnitude of the epidemic through IDU would have been more significant had it not been for the successful introduction of needle exchange programmes (NEP) in 1985 | Health Protection Agency, UK
 
The TEDS Report - Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions for Abuse of Benzodiazepines June 2011
Almost all benzodiazepine admissions (95 percent) reported abuse of another substance in addition to abuse of benzodiazepines | SAMHSA, USA
 
Global burden of disease in young people aged 10—24 years June 2011
The main risk factors for incident disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) in 10—24-year-olds were alcohol (7% of DALYs), unsafe sex (4%), iron deficiency (3%), lack of contraception (2%), and illicit drug use (2%) | Lancet
 
HIV & AIDS in Ireland 2010 June 2011
The purpose of this report is to present data on cases of HIV and AIDS that were reported to the HPSC during 2010 | Health Service Executive, Ireland
 
Patterns of mephedrone, GHB, Ketamine and Rohypnol use among police detainees May 2011
Findings from the DUMA program - download | Australian Institute of Criminology
 
Wales - Substance Misuse, October-December 2010 May 2011
There were almost 7,000 referrals for treatment of alcohol or drug misuse notified to the database. During the quarter over 4,500 assessments were carried out by treatment services and nearly 3,500 treatments commence | Welsh Assembly Government, UK
 
Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions That Were Labor Force Dropouts May 2011
In 2008, 18.3 percent of substance abuse treatment admissions aged 18 to 64 were labor force dropouts | SAMHSA, USA
 
Drug Deaths in Fife, Scotland 2008 - 2010 May 2011
The report looks at and analyses information under a number of headings such as drug use, physical and emotional well being, and contact with services prior to death | NHS Fife, UK
 
Australian NSP Survey May 2011
Prevalence of HIV, HCV and injecting and sexual behaviour | The Kirby Institute, Australia
 
Coverage of Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in Latin America and the Caribbean May 2011
This report provides a summary of the discussions of nearly 50 journalists and academics from Latin America and the Caribbean on media coverage of organized crime and drug trafficking in the continent. Download | Open Society Foundations,
 
Taking Drugs Seriously May 2011
A Demos and UK Drug Policy Commission report on legal highs. Full report and background paper | UKDPC
 
A study of cocaine use in Northern Ireland 2009 May 2011
The study identified two types of cocaine user, these are recreational or socially integrated users and those referred for drug treatment who as a group was socially marginalized users | Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Belfast, UK
 
New drugs becoming available at ‘unprecedented pace’, says report May 2011
New psychoactive substances are becoming widely available at an ‘unprecedented pace’. This is according to the EMCDDA–Europol 2010 annual report on new drugs entering the European market | EMCDDA
 
Australian trends in ecstasy and related drug markets 2010 May 2011
Findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System | NDARC, Australia
 
Australian drug trends 2010 May 2011
Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System | NDARC, Australia
 
Injecting drug use and associated harms among Aboriginal Australians April 2011
A major new report on injecting drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders released | ANCD, Australia
 
Drug use prevalence estimates report April 2011
This report is based on work commissioned by the EMCDDA in 2009. It examines differences in methods and results between general population surveys conducted in a single context (focusing exclusively on substance use) and a multi context (focusing on health and healthy lifestyles) | EMCDDA
 
NSW Recorded Crime Statistics 2010 April 2011
The broad picture among the 17 major offence categories is largely one of stable or falling crime. In the 24 months to December 2010 - Full PDF | NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Australia
 
Afghanistan Opium Survey 2011 April 2011
Winter Rapid Assessment all regions | UNODC
 
The Influence of Personal, Family, and School Factors on Early Adolescent Substance Use April 2011
US study of middle school students in Southern California | RAND, USA
 
INCB Annual Report 2010 March 2011
The report highlights the Board's concerns about issues such as designer drugs, synthetic cannabinoids and precursor chemicals and also presents regional developments and recommendations for Governments [INCB]
 
Continued cannabis use and risk of incidence and persistence of psychotic symptoms: 10 year follow-up cohort study February 2011
Conclusion Cannabis use is a risk factor for the development of incident psychotic symptoms. Continued cannabis use might increase the risk for psychotic disorder by impacting on the persistence of symptoms [British Medical Journal]
 
EMCDDA meeting on wastewater analysis February 2011
A list of downloads from 28 January 2011, Lisbon [EMCDDA]
 
Wales Children in Need Census, 2010 February 2011
Parental substance or alcohol misuse and domestic abuse were the most frequently recorded parenting capacity factors [Welsh Assembly Government, UK]
 
Hepatitis and drug use February 2011
A new thematic page on drug use and hepatitis [EMCDDA]
 
Global Status report on alcohol and health 2011 February 2011
The Global status report on alcohol and health (2011) presents a comprehensive perspective on the global, regional and country consumption of alcohol, patterns of drinking, health consequences and policy responses in Member States[World Health Organization]
 
Substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people February 2011
The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the prevalence of substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as the use of services for substance abuse [AIHW, Australia]
 
Mephedrone Use Among Regular Ecstasy Consumers in Australia
One-fifth (21%) of the 2010 national REU sample reported lifetime use of mephedrone and 17% reported use of mephedrone in the six months prec
 
Statistics on Drug Misuse, England - 2010 January 2011
This annual statistical report presents information on drug misuse among both adults and children. It includes a focus on young adults [NHS Information Centre, UK]
 
The DAWN Report January 2011
Emergency Department Visits Involving Patients Seeking Detoxification or Substance Abuse Treatment Services [SAMHSA, USA]
 
National Minimum Data Set (NMDS) January 2011
The main findings (By State) from the 2008-09 Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set [AIHW, Australia]
 
The National Drug Related Deaths Database (Scotland) Report 2009 January 2011
Drawing from a wide range of local data sources, the report provides a comprehensive picture of the majority of nationally reported drug related deaths [ISD Scotland, UK]
 
2009/10 Scottish Crime and Justice Survey: Drug Use January 2011
The survey is based on, annually, 16,000 in-home face-to-face interviews with adults (aged 16 or over) living in private households in Scotland [Scottish Government, UK]
 
High opium prices threaten drug control efforts of recent years January 2011
Rising opium prices may encourage farmers in Afghanistan to plant more opium poppy - Afghanistan Opium Survey 2010 [UNODC]
 
Alcohol and Other Drug Use in Toronto (Issue 1: Youth) January 2011
Toronto Public Health has produced a report about substance use in Toronto, focused on youth. This report, Alcohol and Other Drug Use in Toronto is the first in a series produced by Toronto Public Health summarizing evidence about substance use in Toronto. Toronto Drug Strategy website [Toronto Public Health, Canada]
 
Substance Misuse, Quarterly Data January 2011
This Statistical Article provides data on activity by drug and alcohol treatment services in Wales for the current quarter [Welsh Assembly Government, UK]
 
Latest National Teen Drug Usage Statistics Released January 2011
The National Drug Strategy Monograph: Australian secondary school students’ use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2008, has been released by the Acting Minister for Health and Ageing, Mark Butler. PDF [Department of Health and Ageing, Australia]
 
Emergency Department Visits Involving Underage Alcohol Use in Combination with Other Drugs January 2011
Of the estimated 188,981 alcohol-related emergency department (ED) visits made by patients aged 12 to 20 in 2008, 70.0 percent involved alcohol only, and 30.0 percent involved alcohol in combination with other drugs [SAMHSA, USA]
 
National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2009 January 2011
Primarily measures the prevalence and correlates of drug use in the United States [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Highlights of the 2009 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) Findings on Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits January 2011
In 2009, there were nearly 4.6 million drug-related emergency department (ED) visits of which about one half (49.8 percent, or 2.3 million) were attributed to adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals and almost one half (45.1 percent, or 2.1 million) were attributed to drug misuse or abuse [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Substance Use and Delinquent Behavior Among Serious Adolescent Offenders January 2011
The Pathways to Desistance study followed more than 1,300 serious juvenile offenders for 7 years after their conviction. In this bulletin, the authors present some key findings on the link between adolescent substance use and serious offending [Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, USA]
 
Drug Related Deaths and Deaths due to Drugs Misuse Registered in Northern Ireland, 1999-2009 December 2010
This report looks at the most recent official death registration data available on drug related mortality [Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency]
 
Alcohol Related Deaths Registered in Northern Ireland, 1999-2009 December 2010
This report looks at the most recent official death registration data available on alcohol related mortality [Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency]
 
UK Drug Situation: UK Focal Point on Drugs 2010 Edition December 2010
Annual Report to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction [Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, UK]
 
Myanmar ATS situation worsening December 2010
According to the latest Myanmar Situation Assessment on Amphetamine-Type Stimulants (ATS), the manufacture, trafficking and consumption of synthetic drugs in the country and region is worsening [UNODC]
 
Primary and Secondary/Tertiary Marijuana Use among Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions December 2010
Admissions entering treatment for marijuana abuse are not a homogeneous group [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Teen marijuana use increases, especially among eighth-graders December 2010
Fueled by increases in marijuana use, the rate of eighth-graders saying they have used an illicit drug in the past year jumped to 16 percent, up from last year's 14.5 percent, with daily marijuana use up in all grades surveyed, according to the 2010 Monitoring the Future Survey [NIDA, USA]
 
Drug Misuse Statistics Scotland 2010 December 2010
An annual compendium presenting the latest available information from a range of national data sources relevant to drug misuse [DMIS, UK]
 
Drug treatment waiting times December 2010
Figures published today show that 10,325 people entered specialist drug treatment in 2009/10 [Scottish Government, UK]
 
ATLAS 2010 December 2010
First global report on substance use disorders launched [World Health Organization]
 
Jump in South-East Asian opium poppy cultivation December 2010
The 2010 South-East Asia Opium Survey was released today and shows a surge in opium cultivation in the region over the past year [UNODC]
 
New Data Show Cocaine Market Under Significant Stress December 2010
Number of Americans Using Cocaine Declining; Overall Production of Andean Cocaine Down By One-Third Since 2001; Seizures of Cocaine Down Along Southwest Border [ONDCP, USA]
 
State Estimates of Drunk and Drugged Driving December 2010
Combined 2006 to 2009 data indicate that 13.2 percent of persons aged 16 or older (an estimated 30.6 million persons) drove under the influence of alcohol in the past year [SAMHSA, USA]
 
First European conference on drug supply indicators - key conclusions December 2010
The main goal of the First European conference on drug supply indicators was to launch the work needed to establish a set of technically sound and sustainable indicators for monitoring drug markets, crime and supply reduction for Europe - PDF [EMCDDA]
 
Media Guide December 2010
The media guide to drugs: key facts and figures for journalists [DrugScope, UK]
 
Fewer teenagers seek help for misuse of Class A drugs December 2010
Demand amongst young people for help with problems caused by primary use of Class A drugs has fallen significantly over the last five years, according to new figures released today by the [National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, UK]
 
Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2008-09 December 2010
Report on the National Minimum Data Set [AIHW, Australia]
 
The NSDUH Report - HIV/AIDS and Substance Use December 2010
About one in six individuals with HIV/AIDS had used an illicit drug intravenously in their lifetime [SAMHSA, USA]
 
NHTSA Reports Drug Use Among Fatally Injured Drivers Increased Over the Last Five Years December 2010
According to data compiled by NHTSA, 63 percent of the 21,798 drivers who were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2009 were tested for drugs - Report [NHTSA, USA]
 
Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits Involving Pharmaceutical Misuse and Abuse by Older Adults November 2010
In 2004, there were an estimated 115,803 emergency department (ED) visits involving pharmaceutical misuse and abuse by adults aged 50 or older; in 2008, there were 256,097 such visits, representing an increase of 121.1 percent [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Patterns and Trends of Amphetaine-Type Stimulants and Other Drugs - Asia and the Pacific November 2010
[UNODC]
 
National Survey on Drug Use & Health November 2010
For 2009 [SAMHSA, USA]
 
The Influence of Personal, Family, and School Factors on Early Adolescent Substance Use November 2010
This study of middle school students in Southern California found that racial and ethnic variations in substance use among young adolescents are influenced by individual, family and school factors [RAND, USA]
 
Problem amphetamine and methamphetamine use in Europe November 2010
Focusing on European countries where amphetamine or methamphetamine is an important part of the drug problem, this Selected issue looks at the current situation in the light of the historical development of amphetamines use since the introduction of these substances as medicines in the 1930s [EMCDDA]
 
Drug addicts spurn shooting up November 2010
England is leading the way on reducing the harm caused by injecting drug use, according to a report "Injecting drug use in England: a declining Trend" from the [National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, UK]
 
2010 Annual report on the state of the drugs problem in Europe November 2010
The report on the state of the drugs problem in Europe presents the EMCDDA's yearly overview of the drug phenomenon. This is an essential reference book for policymakers, specialists and practitioners in the drugs field or indeed anyone seeking the latest findings on drugs in Europe - English PDF [EMCDDA]
 
Mephedrone: still available and twice the price November 2010
These findings suggest that classification of mephedrone has had a limited effect on controlling its availability and use [The Lancet, UK]
 
Shooting Up November 2010
Infections among injecting drug users in the UK 2009 An update: November 2010 [Health Protection Agency, UK]
 
Early Marijuana Use Related to Later Illicit Drug Abuse and Dependence October 2010
Adults who first started using marijuana at or before the age of 14 are most likely to have abused or been dependent on illicit drugs in the past year, according to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health [CESAR Fax, USA]
 
Seizures of Drugs in England and Wales, 2009/10 October 2010
The statistics in this publication relate to all drugs controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (MDA), which divides drugs into three categories (classes A, B and C) according to their harmfulness, with class A drugs considered to be the most harmful [Home Office, UK]
 
Wales - Substance Misuse, 2009-10 October 2010
The latest statistics for Substance Misuse in Wales produced by the [Welsh Assembly Government Department for Social Justice and Local Government]
 
An Analysis of Alcohol and Psycho-stimulant Use from the 2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey October 2010
These findings suggest that in the general population, concurrent use of alcohol and psycho-stimulants is likely to be low [NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Australia]
 
Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) and the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) October 2010
Key findings- Drug Trend Conference Handouts [NDARC, Australia]
 
EDRS findings - Powerpoint slides October 2010
[NDARC, Australia]
 
Perceptions of the social harms associated with khat use October 2010
This report describes the findings from a study exploring the perceived social harms associated with the use of khat [Home Office, UK]
 
Statistical release October 2010
Statistics for drug treatment activity in England 2009-10 from NDTMS [NTA, UK]
 
Report October 2010
Statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System:1 April 2009 - 31 March 2010 [NTA, UK]
 
Drug Treatment in 2009-10 October 2010
The findings of this independent study indicate the first signs of an important shift among this hard-to-reach population. For example, they report a real decrease in the number of opiate users: put simply, there are now almost 11,000 fewer heroin addicts in England [NTA, UK]
 
National and regional estimates of the prevalence of opiate and/or crack cocaine use 2008–09 October 2010
This report summarises the results of a follow-up study to a three year project to estimate the prevalence of 'problem drug use' (defined as use of opiates and/or crack cocaine) nationally (England only), regionally and locally [NTA, UK]
 
Estimates of the Prevalence of Opiate Use and/or Crack Cocaine Use, 2008/09: Sweep 5 report October 2010
[The Centre for Drug Misuse Research, University of Glasgow In collaboration with The National Drug Evidence Centre, University of Manchester]
 
National Poisons Information Service October 2010
Annual Report 2009/2010 and Five Year Review - Drugs of misuse section 4.2 [Health Protection Agency, UK]
 
Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs: consideration of the anabolic steroids September 2010
This ACMD report looks into the issue of the misues of anabolic steroids. Published 21 September 2010 [ACMD, UK]
 
Media reporting on illicit drugs in Australia September 2010
Trends and impacts on youth attitudes to illicit drug use [DPMP, Australia]
 
Annual Review 2009 Launched September 2010
The Merchants Quay Ireland Annual Review for 2009 was launched on Friday, 24th September, by Mr. John Lonergan, former Governor of Mountjoy prison [Merchants Quay, Ireland]
 
Early warning and response system (Sentry) September 2010
The color-coded points on the map represent reported incidents sorted by substance category as defined in the legend [NDIC, USA]
 
Primary Abuse of Prescription Pain Relievers September 2010
Characteristics of Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions Reporting Primary Abuse of Prescription Pain Relievers: 1998 and 2008 [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Results from the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health September 2010
Summary of National Findings [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs: Consideration of the anabolic steroids September 2010
This ACMD report, released on 21 September 2010, considers the issue of anabolic steroid misuse. Also available are the annexes to the report, covering council members, additional expertise, pharmacology and chemistry, harmful effects and case studies. NDS press release [Home Office, UK]
 
SAMHSA's Latest National Survey on Drug Use & Health September 2010
SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use & Health is the primary source of information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use and abuse in the general U.S. civilian non institutionalized population, age 12 and older. PDF [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Trends in UK deaths associated with abuse of volatile substances, 1971-2008 August 2010
Volatile Substance Abuse Mortality Project - Annual report [International Centre for Drug Policy (ICDP) St George’s, University of London, UK]
 
Emergency Department Visits Involving Methamphetamine: 2004 to 2008 August 2010
In 2004, 8.2 percent (or 132,576 visits) of all ED visits involving drug misuse or abuse were related to methamphetamine use; however, by 2008, only 3.3 percent (or 66,308 visits) of such visits involved methamphetamine [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Drug poisoning deaths August 2010
In England and Wales, the total number of deaths related to drug poisoning (involving both legal and illegal drugs) increased each year from 1993 to a peak in 1999, and then gradually declined until 2006. Numbers then increased for two years but have since stabilised in 2009. Statistical bulletin and Data set [Office for National Statistics, UK]
 
Sociodemographic Characteristics of Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions Aged 50 or Older August 2010
Between 1992 and 2008, the number of admissions to substance abuse treatment aged 50 or older more than doubled (from approximately 102,700 in 1992 to 231,200 in 2008) [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Drug Related Deaths in Scotland in 2009 August 2010
NHS Board and Council statistics for certain drugs for 2009, on the 'all drugs found present in the body' basis [General Register Office of Scotland, UK]
 
Substance Use Disorders in Substate Regions August 2010
Data collected from more than 200,000 people between 2006 and 2008 show that substance use disorders vary extensively among regions within each State and throughout the country [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Patterns of Substance Use & Support Needs of Residents in Young People’s Hostels & Foyer Accommodation in Liverpool August 2010
Final Report June 2010 [Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, UK]
 
Number of drug-induced deaths recorded in EU
Number of drug-induced deaths recorded in EU Member States and Norway according to EMCDDA standard definition 'Selection B', 1995 to 2008 [EMCDDA]
 
A Dizzying Array of Substances a ethnographic study of drug use in the canal communities area Dublin Ireland July 2010
This is a study of changing patterns of drug use in Inchicore, Rialto, and Bluebell, the areas served by the Canal Communities Local Drugs Task Force (CCLDTF) - Download [INEF, Ireland]
 
Drug Misuse Declared July 2010
Findings from the 2009/10 British Crime Survey England. Accompanying tables and reports [Home Office, UK]
 
Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England in 2009 July 2010
This report contains results from an annual survey of secondary school pupils in years 7 to 11 (mostly aged 11 to 15). 7,674 pupils in 247 schools in England completed questionnaires in the autumn term of 2009. Full report - Summary [NHS Information Centre, UK]
 
Mental Health of Young People, 2007 July 2010
Including: Alcohol, drug and tobacco use and social contact [Australian Bureau of Statistics]
 
Statistical bulletin 2010 July 2010
The Statistical bulletin is published yearly by the EMCDDA and provides access to the most recent statistical data relating to the drugs situation in Europe [EMCDDA]
 
Altered State? July 2010
Assessing How Marijuana Legalization in California Could Influence Marijuana Consumption and Public Budgets [RAND, USA]
 
National reports 2009 July 2010
Commissioned each year by the EMCCDA and produced by the national focal points of the Reitox network, the National reports draw an overall picture of the drug phenomenon at national level in each EU Member state [EMCDDA]
 
Crime in England and Wales 2009/10 July 2010
Findings from the British Crime Survey and police recorded crime. Links to tables [Home Office, UK]
 
The Mental Health and Well-Being of Ontario Students : 1991 - 2009 July 2010
The longest ongoing school survey of adolescents in Canada [CAMH, Canada]
 
Colombia - Coca cultivation survey 2009 July 2010
[UNODC]
 
Homeless Young Adult Treatment Admissions July 2010
Heroin (26.9 Percent) and alcohol (25.0 Percent) were the most frequently reported primary substances of abuse among homeless young adult admissions in 2008 [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Image and video disclosure of substance use on social media websites - Abstract July 2010
The present study examines young adults’ use of social media websites, such as MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube, to post public images and videos of themselves depicting alcohol consumption, inebriated behavior, or recreational marijuana use [Computers in Human Behavior via Science Direct]
 
Trends in injecting drug use in Europe June 2010
This volume brings together data from a wide variety of sources as it describes Europe’s current drug injecting problem and plots its trends in recent years - PDF [EMCDDA]
 
World Drug Report 2010 - Contents June 2010
Full report PDF, 14.6 MB [UNODC]
 
Report of the International Narcotics Control Board for 2009 June 2010
One disturbing trend highlighted in the present report is the increasing abuse of pharmaceutical preparations containing substances under international control. In the United States of America, where the problem is well documented, the abuse of prescription medicines is more prevalent than the abuse of cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine - PDF [INCB]
 
Precursors and chemicals frequently used in the illicit manufacture of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances June 2010
Report of the International Narcotics Control Board for 2009 on the Implementation of Article 12 of the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988 - PDF [INCB]
 
Narcotic Drugs Technical Report 2009 June 2010
[INCB]
 
Psychotropic Substances Technical Report 2009 June 2010
[INCB]
 
Colombia - Coca cultivation survey 2009 June 2010
16 MB PDF [UNODC]
 
Drug Use in Afghanistan: 2009 Survey June 2010
Executive summary [UNODC]
 
Trends in Emergency Department Visits Involving Nonmedical Use of Narcotic Pain Relievers June 2010
The estimated number of emergency department (ED) visits involving nonmedical use of narcotic pain relievers rose from 144,644 in 2004 to 305,885 in 2008, an increase of 111 percent [SAMHSA, USA]
 
2008 N-SSATS Data and Report Available June 2010
The recently released 2008 N-SSATS report provides national and state-level data on the number of clients in substance abuse treatment and the characteristics of treatment facilities, including the programs and services provided for 2003 to 2008. 10 MB PDF [ATTC, USA]
 
State Estimates of Substance Use from the 2007-2008 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health June 2010
This report presents State estimates for 22 measures of substance use or mental health problems based on the 2007 and 2008 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Illicit Drug Data Report 2008 – 09 June 2010
The Illicit Drug Data Report is produced by the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) and is recognised as one of the most valuable tools for law enforcement agencies, policy and decision makers, research bodies and other stakeholders in combating illicit drugs [Australian Crime Commission]
 
General report of activities 2009 June 2010
The General report of activities is an annual publication providing a detailed progress report of the EMCDDA’s activities over a 12-month period [EMCDDA]
 
In 2008 there were a quarter of a million drug-related emergency hospital visits by adolescents June 2010
New Report Provides Startling Look at Substance Abuse On An Average Day In The Life Of American Adolescents - Report [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance - United States, 2009 June 2010
Priority health-risk behaviors, which are behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among youth and adults, often are established during childhood and adolescence, extend into adulthood, and are interrelated and preventable [CDC, USA]
 
High levels of mental illness, substance use and communicable diseases among Australian prisoners June 2010
Australian prisoners have significant health issues, with high levels of mental health problems, communicable diseases, smoking, risky alcohol consumption and illicit drug use, according to a new report released today by the [Australian Institute of Health and Welfare]
 
Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set 2010-11 May 2010
Specifications and collection manual [Australian Government]
 
Europol–EMCDDA joint report on mephedrone May 2010
In January 2010, Europol and the EMCDDA examined the available information on a new psychoactive substance, mephedrone, through a joint assessment [Europol–EMCDDA]
 
Coroners: statistics on deaths reported May 2010
Annual National Statistics on deaths reported to coroners, including inquests and post-mortems held, inquest verdicts returned and finds reported to coroners under treasure legislation [Ministry of Justice, UK]
 
Gambling, Alcohol, and Other Substance Use Among Youth in the United States May 2010
In this first survey of gambling among youth in the U.S., Drs. Barnes, Welte and colleagues compared the patterns and co-occurrence of gambling and substance use among youth ages 14-21 years [Research Institute on Addictions, USA]
 
Jar wars: the question of schools-based drug testing April 2010
This briefing paper examines the use of schools-based drug testing, analysing its underlying assumptions, its ethical dimensions and the research so far conducted into its practical application [IDPC]
 
Cocaine: a European Union perspective in the global context April 2010
This report provides an overview of what is known about how cocaine is produced and trafficked into the European Union PDF [EMCDDA]
 
Record number of new drugs reported in 2009 April 2010
A record number of new drugs was officially reported in 2009 to the EMCDDA and Europol via the EU early-warning system (EWS) on new psychoactive substances. This is according to the EMCDDA–Europol 2009 annual report [EMCDDA]
 
Merseyside DIP Demographics Report 08/09 April 2010
This report outlines the key demographic trends for clients assessed and transferred into DIP over the three year period between 06/07 & 08/09 [Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, UK]
 
Powder Cocaine & Problematic Drug Users April 2010
A comparative study of the characteristics of DIP clients in Merseyside [Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, UK]
 
Treated problem drug use in Ireland April 2010
2008 figures from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System [HRB, Ireland]
 
An environmental scan on alcohol and other drug issues facing law enforcement in Australia 2010 April 2010
This is the second alcohol and other drug environmental scan undertaken for the law enforcement sector in Australia [NDLERF]
 
Afghanistan cannabis survey 2009 April 2010
This report is dedicated to the memory Late Amanullah, who was tragically killed in Kandahar in October 2009 while undertaking work for this cannabis survey [UNODC]
 
Drug Misuse Statistics Scotland 2009 March 2010
An annual compendium presenting the latest available information from a range of national data sources relevant to drug misuse [DMIS, Scotland, UK]
 
Local Drugs and Alcohol Information 2010 March 2010
A compendium of local statistics on alcohol and drug use, brought together from previously published national sources [DMIS, Scotland, UK]
 
Pathways to Problems 2009 March 2010
A follow-up report on the implementation of recommendations from Pathways to Problems. Press release [AMCD, Home Office, UK]
 
National Drug Threat Assessment 2010 March 2010
This report provides policymakers, law enforcement executives, resource planners, and counterdrug program coordinators with strategic intelligence regarding the threat posed to the United States by the trafficking and abuse of illicit drugs [National Drug Intelligence Center, USA]
 
Australian crime: facts and figures 2009 March 2010
A a quick reference guide summarising trends in crime and criminal justice in AustraliaPDF 4.8MB [Australian Institute of Criminology]
 
Statistics from the Northern Ireland Drug Addicts Index March 2010
This statistical bulletin summarises information on all those persons registered on the Northern Ireland Drug Addicts Index at 31 December 2009 [Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Ireland]
 
Drug Use in Ireland and Northern Ireland :2006/2007 Drug Prevalence Survey March 2010
Polydrug Use Results [Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Ireland]
 
Situational Analysis of Drug and Alcohol Issues and Responses in the Pacific 2008-09 March 2010
A 275-page PDF report prepared for the Australian National Council on Drugs by [The Burnet Institute]
 
Illicit drug markets in Queensland March 2010
A strategic assessment - PDF of the report [Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission, Australia]
 
Drug and alcohol treatment in the North West of England 2008/09 March 2010
This publication details the results of the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) in the North West of England during 2008/09 [Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, UK]
 
Treatment Admissions Reporting Abuse of Both Alcohol and Drugs: 1997-2007 March 2010
Between 1997 and 2007, the proportion of substance abuse treatment admissions reporting co-abuse of alcohol and drugs declined from 45.3 to 39.4 percent [SAMHSA, USA]
 
The Cocaine Trade March 2010
Home Affairs Committee - Seventh Report [Parliament, UK]
 
UK Drug Situation: UK Focal Point on Drugs 2009 Edition March 2010
Annual Report to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. 268-page PDF [Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, UK]
 
Garda Recorded Crime Statistics 2004-2008 February 2010
Chapter 10 Controlled Drug Offences [Central Statistics Office, Ireland]
 
Understanding illicit drug markets, supply-reduction efforts, and drug-related crime in the European Union February 2010
In this study we reviewed literature and RAND’s previous work in this area, and we gathered insights from European experts and policymakers. Full report - Summary [RAND, USA]
 
INCB Annual Report 2009 February 2010
[International Narcotics Control Board]
 
Narcotic Drugs Technical Report February 2010
Report for 2009 [International Narcotics Control Board]
 
Psychotropic Substances Technical Report February 2010
Report for 2009 [International Narcotics Control Board]
 
Drug Policy Timeline February 2010
The Australian (illicit) drug policy timeline has been updated: 1985-2010 [DPMP, Australia]
 
Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research: Report to the California Legislature February 2010
As a result of the vision and foresight of the California State Legislature Medical Marijuana Research Act (SB847), the CMCR has successfully conducted the first clinical trials of smoked cannabis in the United States in more than 20 years [ Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, USA]
 
Drug use monitoring in Australia February 2010
2008 annual report on drug use among police detainees. 3.21 MB PDF [Australian Institute of Criminology]
 
Drug Use in New Zealand February 2010
Key results of the 2007/08 New Zealand Alcohol and Drug Use Survey. 233-page PDF [Ministry of Health, New Zealand]
 
Winter Rapid Assessment February 2010
UNODC report is based on farmers' intentions at the time of planting. While most of the poppies are still under the ground, this assessment of the situation gives a first indication of what Afghanistan's opium poppy harvest will look like in 2010 [UNOCD]
 
The Use of Mephedrone (M-cat, Meow) in Middlesbrough February 2010
December 2009 by Dr. Russell Newcombe [Lifeline, UK]
 
Cannabis supply and young people February 2010
How do young people obtain cannabis? A snapshot view from a large city and rural villages. Summary - Full report [Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK]
 
Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England January 2010
Findings by region, 2006 to 2008. PDF Report [NHS Information Centre, UK]
 
Drug Use in New Zealand January 2010
Key results of the 2007/08 New Zealand Alcohol and Drug Use Survey - PDF [Ministry of Health, New Zealand]
 
Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2008-09: Drug Use January 2010
The publication presents statistics on adults' experiences of illict drug use in Scotland since the age of 16 [Scottish Government, UK]
 
Crime in England and Wales: Quarterly Update to September 2009 January 2010
These recorded crime statistics are heavily influenced by policing priorities, and may reflect changes in the policing of drug crime more than real changes in its incidence. Police Force Area tables [Home Office, UK]
 
SALSUS 2008 January 2010
Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) 2008 National Report - national survey of 13 - 15 year olds [NHS Scotland, UK]
 
NSDUH Report - Substance Use Treatment Need and Receipt among People Living in Poverty January 2010
Combined 2006 to 2008 data indicate that 3.7 million persons aged 12 or older living in poverty were in need of substance use treatment in the past year [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Illicit Drug Use among Older Adults January 2010
An estimated 4.3 million adults aged 50 or older, or 4.7 percent of adults in that age range, had used an illicit drug in the past year, based on data from 2006 to 2008 [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Prince's Trust fears unemployment effect on youths January 2010
A YouGov poll of more than 2,000 people aged between 16 and 25 showed one in 10 of those who had been out of work had turned to drugs or alcohol abuse [BBC, UK]
 
Substance misuse among young people December 2009
Data for 2008-09 [National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, UK]
 
Afghanistan Opium Survey 2009 December 2009
The Afghanistan Opium Survey 2009 confirms that market forces are moving against the Afghan drugs trade as prices, revenues and excess production have put a damper on supply. 147-page PDF [UNODC]
 
NSW recorded crime statistics quarterly updates December 2009
Quarterly update September 2009. 19-page PDF [NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Australia]
 
Opium Poppy Cultivation in South-East Asia December 2009
While focusing on the opium problem (mostly in rural communities), we should not lose sight of rapidly increasing production and use of synthetic drugs (mostly in cities) in the Greater Mekong region. It would be a Pyrrhic victory for drug control if South-East Asia’s appetite for opium was simply replaced by a new craving for ampethamine-type stimulants. 119-page PDF [UNODC]
 
Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2007-08 December 2009
Findings from the National Minimum Data Set [AIHW, Australia]
 
The TEDS Report - Characteristics of Adolescent Heroin Admissions December 2009
On average, adolescent heroin admissions were 14.8 years old when they first used heroin and 16.3 years old at admission to treatment, indicating approximately 18 months of use before entering treatment [SAMHSA, USA]
 
HIV/AIDS surveillance in Europe 2008 December 2009
Joint WHO/Europe and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) surveillance report on HIV/AIDS in the WHO European Region. 5MB PDF [WHO/ECDC]
 
Drugs in Wales, 2008-09 December 2009
The latest National Statistics on Drugs in Wales produced by the [Welsh Assembly Government, UK]
 
Statistics on Drug Misuse: England, 2009 November 2009
This 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. 74-page PDF. Excel format [The Health and Social Care Information Centre, UK]
 
New report on synthetic drugs trend in Asia November 2009
While countries in the region have increased their efforts to tackle the problem, a new UNODC report (Patterns and Trends of Amphetamine-Type Stimulants and Other Drugs in East and South-East Asia 10 MB PDF) highlights the continued need for joint efforts, both at the national and regional levels [UNODC]
 
New report on Vancouver’s illicit drug use epidemic November 2009
Report prepared by the Urban Health Research Initiative of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. 53-page PDF [UHRI, Canada]
 
The Afghan Narcotics Industry November 2009
While the economic and narcotics situation in Afghanistan may be improving, there are still areas: mainly the south (and some parts of the west) where the situation is significantly worse since the invasion and though now improving, are still at astonishingly high levels of production of opium, violence, and corruption. 2.3MB PDF [Center for Strategic and International Studies]
 
Breaking the News or Fueling the Epidemic? November 2009
Association between News Media Report Volume and Opioid-Related Mortality [PLoS]
 
Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey November 2009
This survey is important because it provides reliable, current information about the health behaviour, risk behaviour, attitudes and beliefs of Ontario children and adolescents. Highlights 346 Kb - Detailed findings 1.7 Mb [Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada]
 
Perceptions of crime and anti-social behaviour November 2009
Findings from the 2008/09 British Crime Survey. 49-page PDF [Home Office, UK]
 
Deaths among drug users - a new report (Ireland) November 2009
The first national report on trends in deaths among drug users due to traumatic or medical causes [Health Research Board, Ireland]
 
How theDepartment of Health Influences healthy living November 2009
The use of behaviour change programmes in public health. 90-page PDF [RAND]
 
Mental Health, Abuse, Drug Use and Crime: Does Gender Matter? November 2009
Theories on the causal relationship between drug use and crime in Australian literature have often overlooked the influence of gender as a confounding variable [Australian Institute of Criminology]
 
Evaluation of Wirral Life Education Centre on the health and wellbeing of primary school children November 2009
An evaluation of a national charity working locally with primary schools, parents and carers, and others in the community to help children make healthy choices. 56-pahe PDF [Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, UK]
 
Longitudinal analysis of the Offending, Crime and Justice Survey 2003–06 November 2009
This report presents longitudinal analysis of self reported data on offending, drug use and anti-social behaviour amongst young people (initially aged 10 to 25) from the Offending, Crime and Justice Survey, which was carried out annually between 2003 and 2006. 45-page PDF [Home Office, UK]
 
Latest drug trends across Europe. HRB compares Irish situation with European findings November 2009
This briefing note compares the situation here in Ireland with Europe [Health Research Board, Ireland]
 
Keeping tabs on synthetic drugs November 2009
Globally, there are significantly more users of synthetic drugs than there are users of heroin and cocaine combined [UNODC]
 
Female Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions Aged 12 to 17 November 2009
Marijuana and alcohol accounted for 80 percent of all primary substances of abuse reported by adolescent female admissions [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Understanding the ‘Spice’ phenomenon November 2009
Although advertised as an ‘exotic incense blend which releases a rich aroma’ and ‘not for human consumption’, when smoked, Spice products have been reported by some users to have effects similar to those of cannabis [EMCDDA]
 
Market innovation and sophistication challenge drug policies, says EMCDDA November 2009
Europe is faced with an increasingly complex and volatile synthetic drug market, says the EU drugs agency [EMCDDA]
 
The Invisible Tide November 2009
Towards an International Strategy to Deal with Drug Trafficking Through West Africa. 44-page PDF [International Peace Institute]
 
Trends in alcohol- and drug-related ED and primary care visits: data from three U.S. national surveys (1995–2005) October 2009
These data suggest that drug-related ED visits are continuing to increase, although the increase has not been as substantial between 2000 and 2005, as that which was observed between 1995 and 2000, and highlight the opportunity provided by the ED and primary care settings for screening and brief intervention for substance-related problems. 7-page PDF [NIH, USA]
 
The NSDUH Report - Injection Drug Use and Related Risk Behaviors October 2009
Combined 2006 to 2008 data indicate that an annual average of 425,000 persons aged 12 or older (0.17 percent) used a needle to inject heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, or other stimulants during the past year [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Shooting Up: Infections among injecting drug users in the United Kingdom 2008 October 2009
A 32-page PDF update [Health Protection Agency, UK]
 
Addiction, Crime and Insurgency: The Transnational Threat of Afghan Opium October 2009
The above link is to the interactive version - Read the 152-page PDF version here [UNODC]
 
The state of young people October 2009
Male and female teenagers aged 15–19 years had the highest hospitalisation rates for acute intoxication from alcohol among all age groups. 139-page PDF [Australian Government Office for Youth]
 
An overview of the 2009 IDRS: The Regular Injecting Drug User Survey findings October 2009
[IDRS, Australia]
 
An overview of the 2009 EDRS: The Regular Ecstasy User Survey findings October 2009
[EDRS, Australia]
 
Repertoires of distinction October 2009
Exploring patterns of weekend polydrug use within local leisure scenes across the English night time economy. 29-page PDF [Criminology and Criminal Justice, UK]
 
Statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System October 2009
Annual NDTMS report. 1 April 2008 - 31 March 2009 [NTA, UK]
 
Substance Misuse, 2008-09 October 2009
The latest statistics for Substance Misuse in Wales. 76-page PDF [Welsh Assembly Government Department for Social Justice and Local Government, UK]
 
Estimating the National and Local Prevalence of Problem Drug Misuse in Scotland October 2009
This report outlines the results of research funded by the Scottish Government and the University of Glasgow, commissioned by the Information and Statistics Division of the NHS in Scotland. The research was carried out jointly by the Centre for Drug Misuse Research at the University of Glasgow and Health Protection Scotland to provide national and local estimates of the prevalence of problem drug misuse within Scotland for the year 2006. 58-page PDF [ISD Scotland, UK]
 
Assessing the Scale and Impact of Illicit Drug Markets in Scotland October 2009
This report provides initial estimates of the size and value of the illicit drugs market, and estimates of the social and economic cost of illicit drug use in Scotland for the year 2006 [Scottish Government, UK]
 
Cocaine Trafficking to Europe October 2009
Options of Supply Control. 37-page PDF [German Institute for International and Security Affairs]
 
Trends in Methamphetamine Admissions to Treatment: 1997-2007 October 2009
Admissions to substance abuse treatment for primary methamphetamine abuse were more than twice as likely in 2007 to be aged 40 or older (23 percent) compared with admissions in 1997 (10 percent) [SAMHSA, USA]
 
The Scottish Health Survey 2008 September 2009
Including alcohol consumption [Scottish Government, UK]
 
Welsh Health Survey 2008 September 2009
Including alcohol consumption [Welsh Assembly Government, UK]
 
LDAN Briefing on Domestic Violence and Substance Misuse September 2009
It is important to address the underlying complexities of both the substance misuse and violent behaviour to fully support and protect the families and individuals involved [LDAN, UK]
 
Comparing the drug situation across countries: Problems, Pitfalls and Possibilities September 2009
This briefing paper seeks to compare the drugs situation in a number of developed countries. Data from six European countries, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are included [Beckley Foundation Drug Policy Programme]
 
The Victorian Drug Statistics Handbook September 2009
Patterns of drug use and related harm in Victoria for the period July 2006 to June 2007. 288-page PDF [Mental Health and Drugs Division Department of Human Services (Victoria), Australia]
 
National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings 2008 September 2009
The survey is the primary source of information on the use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco in the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years old or older [SAMHSA, UK]
 
School System Referrals to Substance Abuse Treatment September 2009
Schools were more likely than the criminal justice system to refer children and adolescents to substance abuse treatment for the first time (88 vs. 68 percent) [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Blueprint drugs education: the response of pupils and parents to the programme September 2009
This executive summary (which comes from the final report), focuses on the second stage of the Blueprint evaluation. It sets out to assess how pupils and parents responded to the programme, pupils’ awareness and knowledge of drug use, their perception of drug use and acceptability of drug use among same-age peers, and the quality and frequency of parent-child communication on drugs [Home Office, UK]
 
Trends in treated opiate and cocaine use across Ireland September 2009
Latest figures from the HRB show that the number of people presenting for treatment for opiate (mainly heroin) and cocaine use is continuing to rise [HRB, Ireland]
 
National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm annual report 2008 September 2009
Drug overdose was the most common method of self harm in 2008, involved in 72% of cases, more often used by women (79%) than men (64%). 54-page PDF [National Suicide Research Foundation, Ireland]
 
Afghan Opium Survey September 2009
Summary of findings. 42-page PDF [UNODC]
 
Clearing the Smoke on Cannabis: Cannabis Use and Driving August 2009
This is the third in a series of reports that reviews the effects of cannabis use on various aspects of human functioning and development. In this report, the effects of cannabis use on driving are discussed. 8-page PDF [CCSA, Canada]
 
The TEDS Report - -Heroin and Other Opiate Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment August 2009
On 2007, opiates accounted for almost one fifth (19 percent) of all substance abuse treatment admissions [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales, 2008 August 2009
The number of deaths related to drug poisoning, which includes deaths involving both legal and illegal drugs, for males was 2,075 in 2008, an increase of 8 per cent compared to 2007 and the highest number since 2001 [Office of National Statistics, UK]
 
Drug Related Deaths in the UK Annual Report 2009 August 2009
An annual report which analyses drug-related deaths that have occurred in the preceding calendar year and comments on emerging trends. An executive summary of the annual report is also published [International Centre for Drug Policy St George's, London University, UK]
 
National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XIV: Teens and Parents August 2009
This 14th annual “back-to-school survey” continues the unique effort of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University to track attitudes of teens and those, like parents, who influence them. 67-page PDF [CASA, USA]
 
Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions for Smoked Substances: 1992 to 2007 August 2009
This report examines changes in the drug use and demographic characteristics of substance abuse treatment admissions for smoked substances between 1992 and 2007 [SAMHSA, USA]
 
FEAD (Film Exchange on Alcohol and Drugs) August 2009
A resource that brings short video presentations from leading figures in the alcohol and drugs field direct to your screen. The contributors cover a range of topics honestly and directly - including: achievements, problem areas, and reflections on the field's history. Many people have found the website useful in helping discussions and expanding on practice and theory. Please feel free to use the material to enrich your events, seminars, groups, teaching etc
 
Youth alcohol and drug use in rural Ireland - parents' views August 2009
Life in contemporary rural Ireland is influenced by dominant social changes in terms of the normalisation of alcohol and drug use in youth subcultures, with increased fragmentation of traditional rural family norms and values, emerging acceptability of alcohol and drug use in recreation time and the widespread availability of alcohol and drugs [Journal of Rural and Remote Health, Ireland]
 
Infants Prenatally Exposed to Cocaine Reach Their Teens August 2009
Longitudinal study investigates cocaine's impact on adolescent development [Case Western Reserve University, USA]
 
Drug Related Deaths in Scotland in 2008 August 2009
Statistics of drug-related deaths in 2008 and earlier years, broken down by cause of death, selected drugs reported, age and sex [General Register Office for Scotland, UK]
 
ACMD report on the major cannabinoid agonists August 2009
This report draws on much of the evidence cited in the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) recent assessment of the synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists, based on an expert meeting held in Lisbon on 6th March 2009. 29-page PDF [ACND, UK]
 
Drug deaths in Fife 2008 July 2009
A report on the findings of the Fife Drug Deaths Monitoring and Prevention Group (Fife Drug and Alcohol Action Team) 87-page PDF [NHS Fife, UK]
 
Country overviews July 2009
A structured synopsis of the trends and characteristics of national drug problems. They consist of a summary of the national drug situation, key statistics at a glance and a barometer showing the drug use prevalence position of each country - July update [EMCDDA]
 
Statistical bulletin 2009 July 2009
The Statistical bulletin is published yearly by the EMCDDA and provides access to the most recent statistical data relating to the drugs situation in Europe [EMCDDA]
 
Latest volatile substance abuse death figures released July 2009
VSA Report 22: Trends in deaths associates with abuse of volatile substances 1971-2007, which was compiled for the Department of Health, monitors trends in deaths associated with the misuse of gas fuels, aerosols, glues, anaesthetic agents and other solvent based products [DrugScope, UK]
 
Drug Misuse Declared: Findings from the 2008/09 British Crime Survey July 2009
This annual statistical bulletin examines the prevalence and trends of illicit drug use among a nationally representative sample of 16 to 59 year olds (with a particular focus on young people aged 16 to 24) resident in households in England and Wales [Home Office UK]
 
Smoking, Drinking and Drug use among young people in England in 2008 July 2009
This survey is the latest in a series designed to monitor smoking, drinking and drug use among secondary school pupils aged 11 to 15. Information was obtained from 7,798 pupils in 264 schools throughout England in the autumn term of 2008. [NHS Information Centre, UK]
 
Methamphetamine: a European Union perspective in the global context July 2009
This study focuses on the supply and use of methamphetamine in Europe, set in a global context. 32-page PDF [EMCDDA]
 
New Roadside Survey Shows Steady Decline in Alcohol Levels, while Driver Drug Use is Detected July 2009
The survey found 16.3 percent of nighttime weekend drivers were drug positive. The survey focused on weekend nighttime drivers and found that the drugs used most commonly by drivers were: marijuana (8.6 percent); cocaine (3.9 percent); and over-the-counter and prescription drugs (3.9 percent) [NHTSA, USA]
 
Counting the homeless 2006 complete set July 2009
Counting the homeless 2006 includes eight state and territory reports on the homeless based on information collected from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006 Census [AIHW, Australia]
 
National Forum on Drug Related Deaths in Scotland: Annual Report 2008-09 June 2009
This is the second report from the National Forum on Drug-related Deaths [Scottish Government, UK]
 
Pseudoephedrine Smurfing Fuels Surge in Large-Scale Methamphetamine Production in California June 2009
The National Drug Intelligence Center collected and analyzed data and reporting from 2007-through May 2009 related to methamphetamine production and pseudoephedrine smurfing. This report draws upon data from the National Seizure System, as well as information obtained through interviews with federal, state, and local law enforcement officers [NDIC, USA]
 
Statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System June 2009
Assessment Report 1 June 2009.23-page PDF [UK Statistics Authority]
 
Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) June 2009
The latest survey was carried out during the autumn term of 2008 with a sample of over 10,000 pupils from S2 and S4 classes from across Scotland 3.41MB PDF [DMIS, Scotland, UK]
 
National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data June 2009
2009 collection data guide [AIHW, Australia]
 
Patterns of mortality amongst individuals in contact with drug treatment services in the North West of England June 2009
This report details the causes of death of those identified, via the National Drug TreatmentMonitoring System (NDTMS), as having died whilst in contact with structured drug treatment services in the North West of England between 2003/04-2007/08. 16-page PDF [Centre for Public Health, John Moores University, UK]
 
2009 Annual Evidence Update - Drugs misuse treatment in offender populations June 2009
As it is the first AEU, the period it covers is wider. Evidence is presented from January 2005 to March 2009 [NHS Evidence , UK]
 
Drug Use in Ireland and Northern Ireland June 2009
2006/2007 Drug Prevalence Survey: Polydrug Use Results [National Advisory Committee on Drugs, Ireland]
 
Illicit Drug Data Report 2007–2008 June 2009
The Illicit Drug Data Report is produced by the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) and is recognised as one of the most valuable tools for law enforcement agencies, policy and decision makers, research bodies and other stakeholders in combating illicit drugs [Australian Crime Commission]
 
Major Report on U.S. Tobacco Control Policies and Use Finds Stark Contrasts in Progress Among States June 2009
The United States is becoming a nation of haves and have-nots when it comes to tobacco control, according to a comprehensive publication (16.34MB) on cigarette smoking prevalence and policies in the U.S. that was released today [University at Buffalo, USA]
 
Ensuring U.S. Health Reform Includes Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders June 2009
A Framework for Discussion. 23-page PDF [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Indications of Public Health in the English Regions 10: Drug Use June 2009
A new report for the Chief Medical Officer released today by the (National) Association of Public Health Observatories reveals the full extent of illicit drug use in England. 204-page PDF [North West Public Health Observatory, UK]
 
Cocaine trade and use in the UK June 2009
First oral evidence session (9th June): Professor John Strang (Director, National Addiction Centre) and DrugScope (Martin Barnes, Chief Executive and Harry Shapiro, Director of Information and Communications). DrugScope session starts at 31.50 [UK Parliament]
 
The Effects of Substance Use on Workplace Injuries June 2009
This paper describes associations between substance use and occupational injuries and proposes reasons that substance use may be linked to work-related accidents. 55-page PDF [RAND, USA]
 
Why are the rates of hepatitis higher in Aboriginal injecting drug users. Part 1 May 2009
[Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League]
 
Why are the rates of hepatitis higher in Aboriginal injecting drug users. Part 2 May 2009
[Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League]
 
Substance Use among Women During Pregnancy and Following Childbirth May 2009
Combined 2002 to 2007 data show that past month alcohol use among women aged 18 to 44 was highest for those who were not pregnant and did not have children living in the household but comparatively low for women in the first trimester of pregnancy, and even lower for those in the second or third trimester [SAMHSA, USA]
 
National Prescription Drug Threat Assessment 2009 May 2009
This assessment examines current nonmedical use of prescription-type psychotherapeutic drugs and discusses their distribution, the societal impact of diversion and abuse, and Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs that have been established legislatively in many states to stem diversion and abuse [NDIC, USA]
 
Lowering Expectations May 2009
Supply Control and the Resilient Cocaine Market [WOLA]
 
National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data collection: 2008 report May 2009
2008 report presents data on the 41,000 clients accessing pharmacotherapy for the treatment of opioid addiction, the 1,400 prescribers participating in the delivery of pharmacotherapy treatment, and quantitative information about the prescribing sector (AIHW, Australia)
 
Drug Use, Sex Work and the Risk Environment in Dublin May 2009
The physical, economic and social environments within which drug-using sex workers find themselves impact on their construction of ‘risk’ and ‘harm’. 208-page PDF [NACD, Ireland]
 
Seizures of Drugs in England and Wales,2007/08 May 2009
This publication presents figures for drug seizures made by law enforcement agencies in England and Wales during 2007/08. 18-page PDF [Home Office, UK]
 
Drug use: an overview of general population surveys in Europe May 2009
A meta-analysis of 25 population surveys on drug use in Europe [EMCDDA]
 
Assessing the Operation of the Global Drug Market: Report 1 April 2009
This report is an attempt to address the challenges and reviews what is known about the operation of various markets. It offers a theoretical account for a number of the features [RAND]
 
Estimating the size of the global drug market: A demand-side approach: Report 2 April 2009
This report uses data on the prevalence of drug use, retail prices, and consumption patterns to generate country-level consumption and retail expenditure estimates for cannabis, heroin, cocaine, and amphetamine-type substances [RAND]
 
Issues in estimating the economic cost of drug abuse in consuming nations: Report 3 April 2009
This report presents a conceptual framework for constructing an estimate of the global cost of drug use. However, we conclude that it is not possible at this time to develop a meaningful comparative estimate of the cost of drug use across countries [RAND]
 
The TEDS Report - - Treatment Outcomes among Clients Discharged from Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment April 2009
Among clients discharged from outpatient service settings in 2005, treatment completion was highest among those who reported primary alcohol abuse and lowest among those who reported primary opiate or primary cocaine abuse [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Children Living with Substance-Dependent or Substance-Abusing Parents: 2002 to 2007 April 2009
Combined data from 2002 to 2007 indicate that over 8.3 million children under 18 years of age (11.9 percent) lived with at least one parent who was dependent on or abused alcohol or an illicit drug during the past year [NSDUH, SAMHSA, USA]
 
The harmful health effects of recreational ecstasy: a systematic review of observational evidence April 2009
This review aims to address the question: 'What are the harmful health effects of taking ecstasy (MDMA) for recreational use?' It does not examine the harmful indirect and/or social effects, such as effects on driving and road traffic accidents and the consequences of any effect MDMA may have on sexual behaviour. Full text 3.9 MB PDF [Health Technology Assessment, UK]
 
Methadone-Associated Overdose Deaths April 2009
Factors Contributing to Increased Deaths and Efforts to Prevent Them. 55-page PDF [GAO, USA]
 
The NSDUH Report: Concurrent Illicit Drug and Alcohol Use March 2009
Because of possible additive or interactive drug effects, data from SAMHSA's 2006 and 2007 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health were pooled to examine the likelihood of multiple concurrent substance use [SAMHSA, USA]
 
European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs March 2009
Use of illicit drugs among 15–16-year-old school students, appears to have stabilised or slightly fallen, according to the latest European study (20-page PDF) of this group published by ESPAD [EMCDDA]
 
Population in custody monthly tables January 2009 England and Wales January 2009 March 2009
Decreases were seen in motoring and drug offences, down by 18 and 9 per cent respectively. 14-page PDF [Department of Justice, UK]
 
Wasted opportunities March 2009
Problematic alcohol and drug use among gay men and bisexual men. 52-page PDF [Sigma Research]
 
Thematic paper: Women’s voices — experiences and perceptions of women facing drug problems March 2009
This review presents quotations gleaned from interviews with women in eight countries. Through these testimonies, the report illustrates how qualitative research can provide glimpses into the experiences and perceptions of women facing drug issues that statistics alone cannot provide. 24-page PDF [EMCDDA]
 
Alcohol Statistics Scotland 2009 February 2009
This biennial publication from ISD Scotland presents the latest available information from a range of national data sources relating to alcoho. 132-page PDF [ISD Scotland, UK]
 
ACMD hepatitis C report (2009) February 2009
It is likely that over 80% of current HCV infections are due to injecting drugs and that around 50% of injecting drug users (IDU) in the UK are infected with HCV. 46-page PDF [Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, UK]
 
Drug Use and HIV: A Warning for Sub-Saharan Africa February 2009
A major report! exploring the current developments in sub-Saharan Africa regarding HIV and drug use. 37-page PDF [STOP AIDS NOW]
 
The harmful health effects of recreational ecstasy: a systematic review of observational evidence February 2009
Recreational use of ecstasy is associated with long-term deficits in neurocognitive function, particularly verbal memory, but the effect may be small. Ecstasy rarely causes death in isolation but a range of acute harms are reported, in particular hyperthermia and hyponatraemia. Full PDF [Health Technology Assessment, UK]
 
The NSDUH Report: Trends in Nonmedical Use of Prescription Pain Relievers: 2002 to 2007 February 2009
The rate of past month nonmedical use of pain relievers did not differ significantly between 2002 and 2007 among the overall general population aged 12 and older but did differ by age group during this period [SAMHSA, USA]
 
Drug Use and HIV risk among young people in sub-Saharan Africa February 2009
This report describes the results of an exploratory study commissioned by STOP AIDS NOW! in order to explore current developments regarding HIV and drug use in the sub-Saharan region. 37-page PDF [Stop Aids Now]
 
2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey: detailed findings January 2009
This report extends the analysis presented in the 2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey: first results by providing more detailed information on drug use prevalence, drug-related behaviours and incidents, and support for drug-related policy and legislation [AIHW, Australia]
 
Drug Misuse Statistics Scotland 2008 December 2008
An annual compendium presenting the latest available information from a range of national data sources relevant to drug misuse. 174-PDF [DMIS, UK]
 
Drug use, impaired driving and traffic accidents December 2008
This literature review provides a comprehensive report on the relationship between drug use, impaired driving and traffic accidents. 2.9MB PDF [EMCDDA]
 
Youth07 Reports December 2008
Just released! These reports are from Youth07, the second national youth health and wellbeing survey conducted in 2007 [Youth07, New Zealand]
 
Drug Use in Ireland and Northern Ireland December 2008
2006/2007 Drug Prevalence Survey: Cannabis Results. 48-page PDF [NACD, Ireland]
 
National Estimates of Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits December 2008
Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2006 [SAMHSA, USA]
 
In aqua veritas? Assessing illicit drugs in wastewater December 2008
Wastewater analysis, a promising prospect for drug monitoring 2.2MB report [EMCDDA]
 
Drug-Related Deaths in the UK-Annual Report 2008 November 2008
Increase in the number of Drug-Related Deaths. 3-page PDF [International Centre for Drug Policy, St George’s, University of London, UK]
 
National Prison Entrants' Bloodborne Virus & Risk Behaviour Survey Report 2004 & 2007 November 2008
Prevalence of HIV, Hepatitic C, Hepatitis B, and risk behaviours among Australian prison entrants. 148-page PDF [NDRI, Australia]
 
Trends in drug-related deaths and deaths among drug users in Ireland, 1998 to 2005 November 2008
This data gives a reliable estimate of the total burden of mortality related to drug use in Ireland. 24-page PDF [HRb, Ireland]
 
2008 Annual report: the state of the drugs problem in Europe November 2008
The report on the state of the drugs problem in Europe presents the EMCDDA's yearly overview of the drug phenomenon. This is an essential reference book for policymakers, specialists and practitioners in the drugs field or indeed anyone seeking the latest findings on drugs in Europe [EMCDDA]
 
Drug Misuse Declared October 2008
Findings from the 2007/08 British Crime Survey. 82-page PDF [Home Office, UK]
 
Substance Misuse, 2007-08 October 2008
The latest statistics for Substance Misuse in Wales produced by the [Welsh Assembly Government, UK]
 
HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia Annual Surveillance Report October 2008
The Annual Surveillance Report provides a comprehensive analysis of HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia [UNSW, Australia]
 
2007 annual report on drug use among police detainees October 2008
This report presents both self-report and urinalysis data from participating detainees for the calendar year 2007. 2.7MB PDF [Drug Use Monitoring in Australia]
 
Focus on Gender October 2008
This report, one in a series of follow-up reports from the Canadian Addiction Survey (2004), presents an analysis of alcohol and illicit drug use with respect to gender [Canadian Addiction Survey. 79-page PDF (CAS)]
 
2007 National Survey on Drug Use & Health: National Results October 2008
This report presents the first information from the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual survey of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years old or older [SAMHSA, USA]
 
New markets for synthetic drugs [September 2008]
UNODC's new Global Amphetamine-Type Stimulants Assessment Report warns that synthetic drugs such as ecstasy, amphetamine and methamphetamine - the drugs of modern times - are becoming more popular in developing countries. 128-page PDF [UNODC]
 
2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey: state and territory supplement [August 2008]
This report presents data on patterns of drug use in each of the states and territories. It supplements the national findings from the '2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey: first results' report, published in April 2008 [AIHW, Australia]
 
Country overviews [August 2008]
Country overviews provide a structured synopsis of the trends and characteristics of national drug problems. They consist of a summary of the national drug situation, key statistics at a glance and a barometer showing the drug use prevalence position of each country [EMCDDA]
 
Statistical bulletin 2008 [August 2008]
The Statistical bulletin 2008 is now available and gives access to the most recent data relating to the drugs situation in Europe [EMCDDA]
 
2008 Marijuana Sourcebook [August 2008]
2008 Marijuana Sourcebook contains important data on marijuana in the United States including the latest use patterns and trends, health effects, criminal justice aspects, supply sources, and information regarding so-called “medical marijuana.”. 28-page PDF [Pushing Back, ONDCP, USA]
 
Trends in deaths associated with abuse of volatile substances 1971 - 2006 [August 2008]
Annual report 57-page PDF [St George's, University of London, UK]
 
Statistics on drug misuse: England, 2008 [August 2008]
This annual statistical report presents information on drug misuse among both adults and children. It includes a focus on young adults [NHS Information Centre, UK]
 
Crime in England and Wales 2007/08 [July 2008]
Findings from the British Crime Survey and police recorded crime 237-page PDF [Home office, UK]
 
Drug Use, Smoking and Drinking among young people in England 2007 [July 2008]
This report 5.26MB full PDF contains results from an annual survey of secondary school pupils aged in years 7 to 11 (mostly aged 11 to 15). Overall, 7,831 pupils in 273 schools in England completed questionnaires in the autumn term of 2007 [NHS, UK]
 
Drug Use in Ireland and Northern Ireland 2006/2007 [June 2008]
Drug Prevalence Survey: Regional Drugs Task Force (Ireland) & Health and Social Services Board (Northern Ireland) Results. 44-page PDF [NACD, Ireland]
 
World Drug Report 2008 [June 2008]
As in previous years, the present Report is based on data obtained primarily from the annual reports questionnaire (ARQ) sent by Governments to UNODC in 2007, supplemented by other sources when necessary and where available Full 8.85 MB PDF [UNODC]
 
New Columbia University Report: Marijuana: Rite of Passage or Russian Roulette? [June 2008]
Despite reported declines in teen marijuana use, in 2007 almost 11 million teens report having used marijuana. For those using the drug, four alarming trends are of grave concern for parents and teens. 52-page PDF [CASA, USA]
 
Crystal Clear: The Social Determinants of Gay Men's Use of Crystal Methamphetamine in Victoria [May 2008]
Australian comparative analysis of crystal methamphetamine use by gay men. (via Policy Pointers) 77-page PDF [ARCSHS, Australia]
 
2007 AIDS epidemic update [April 2008]
2007 edition provides the most recent estimates of the AIDS epidemic and explores new findings and trends in the epidemic’s evolution [UNAIDS]
 
2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey: first results [April 2008]
Comparisons with previous surveys are presented, along with population estimates of the numbers of consumers of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs. 290KB PDF without questionnaire [AIHW, Autralia]
 
Drugs and driving in Australia [April 2008]
A survey of community attitudes, experience and understanding. 104-page PDF [Drug Info, Australia]
 
Correlation (European Network Social Inclusion & Health) Report - Marginalisation, Social Inclusion and Health [April 2008]
This article describes approaches to improve the situation regarding particular target groups, such as drug users, sex workers, (undocumented) migrants and youth at risk. 30-page PDF [IDPC]
 
New Zealand Police, NZ-ADAM Annual Report 2007 [April 2008]
New Zealand Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (NZ-ADAM) is a programme which seeks to measure drug and alcohol use among people who have recently been apprehended by police [NZ-ADAM, New Zealand]
 
Rural, regional and remote health: indicators of health status and determinants of health [March 2008]
Including a section on alcohol and illicit drugs [AIHW, Australia]
 
National Forensic laboratory Information System - Mid-year report 2007 [March 2008]
This report provides the results of substances analyzed by state and local laboratories from January 2007 through June 2007, including national and regional estimates for the most frequently identified drugs [DEA, USA]
 

HB and its precursor GBL: an emerging trend case study [March 2008]

Concerns are increasing in the EU about the use of chemicals employed in the manufacture of the recreational drug GHB. 32-page PDF [EMCDDA]

 

Trends in treatment for problem alcohol use in Ireland, 2004 to 2006 [March 2008]

Health Research Board publishes preliminary figures. 32-page PDF [Health Research Board, Ireland]

 

EMCDDA Annual report 2007 [2007]

The report on the state of the drugs problem in Europe presents the EMCDDA's yearly overview of the drug phenomenon [European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction]

 

Cannabis in Australia - Use, supply, harms and responses [2007]

This monograph was written to provide an overview of the cannabis situation in Australia at the present time, including patterns of use, supply, harms and legislation. 475KB PDF [Drug Strategy Branch, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Australia]

 

Drug Consumption in Conflict Zones in Somalia [2007]

The excessive use of substances for self-medication in conflict zones may be a form of coping with traumatic memories of atrocities, but the choice of drug and the patterns of use have not been well studied amongst former or current combatants in conflict zones in East Africa [PLoS, USA]

 

Illicit Drug use in Australia: Epidemiology, use patterns and associated harm [2007]

The Report focusses on the epidemiology, use patterns and harm associated with heroin, meth/amphetamines, cocaine, cannabis, ecstasy and LSD. It also examines trends in the use of each of these drugs, including prevalence of use, the demographic characteristics of users and routes of administration. 300KB PDF [National Drug Strategy, Australia]

 

Latest figures on smoking, drugs and alcohol consumption among young people published [August 2007]

The proportion of secondary schoolchildren who drink or use drugs is falling according to the full results of a survey published today by [The Information Centre for Health and Social Care, UK]

 

Illicit Drug use in Australia: Epidemiology, use patterns and associated harm [2007]

The Report focusses on the epidemiology, use patterns and harm associated with heroin, meth/amphetamines, cocaine, cannabis, ecstasy and LSD. It also examines trends in the use of each of these drugs, including prevalence of use, the demographic characteristics of users and routes of administration. 300KB PDF [National Drug Strategy, Australia]

 

Supporting the families of young people with problematic drug use

This report investigates the support needs of families who have, as a family member, a young person who is misusing substances. 131-page PDF [ANCD, Australia]

 

Book - Drug treatment demand data - Influence on policy and practice (2006) [2006]

The Pompidou Group has advocated the systematic and routine collection of information on patients entering treatment for problem drug use (treatment demand data) since the mid-1980s. Two decades later, the question now being asked is whether or not this data has been used as evidence in the development of policies and practices [Council of Europe]

 

AIDS in South Asia: Understanding and Responding to a Heterogeneous Epidemic [2006]

A 131-page PDF report analyzing South Asia's HIV/AIDS epidemic and offering recommendations for halting its spread [World Bank, UNODC]

 

New Study on Drug Use among Secondary School Students in South America [2006]

First Comparative Study of Drug Use in the Secondary School Student Population in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay [Inter-American Observatory on Drugs]

 

Annual report 2006: the state of the drugs problem in Europe [2006]

The full 104 -page PDF report in English via the multilingual downloads page [EMCDDA]

 

UNAIDS/WHO AIDS Epidemic Update: December 2006 [2006]

With maps and regional summaries, the 2006 edition provides the most recent estimates of the epidemic’s scope and human toll, explores new trends in the epidemic’s evolution [UNAIDS]

 

Australian trends in ecstasy and related drug markets 2006 [2006]

Findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS), formerly known as the Party Drugs Initiative. Reports by state/territory are also available [NDARC]

 

'Drug Trends 2006 - Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) [2006]

The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) is an ongoing project funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and conducted every year in every state and territory. The IDRS is primarily concerned with four main drug classes: heroin, cocaine, cannabis and methamphetamine [NDARC]

 

National Drug Threat Assessment 2006 released

The National Drug Threat Assessment 2006 addresses the status and outlook of the drug threat to the United States. It covers the trafficking and abuse patterns associated with cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin, MDMA, pharmaceutical drugs, and other dangerous drugs [NDIC, USA]

 

2006 Report on the global AIDS epidemic: May 2006

This report includes country, regional and global estimates for the HIV and AIDS epidemic at the end of 2005 and 2003. It also describes the evidence, the success stories and the challenges that confront countries and the international communitiy in responding to the epidemic [UNAIDS]

 

Statistics on drug use in Australia 2006

This report is the twelfth in a series originally titled Statistics on Drug Abuse in Australia. The report provides a comprehensive summary of major drug use statistical collections, with references to sources of more detailed information [AIHW, Australia]

 

Illicit Drug Data Report 2005 - 2006

2.6Mb PDF [Australian Crime Commission]

 

Monograph #12 Popular culture and the prevention of illicit drug use: A pilot study of popular music and the acceptability of drugs [December 2005]

This Monograph (No. 12) describes the work of the team at ANU in exploring the relationship between popular music and drug use. Popular culture has significant potential to influence drug prevention efforts. Popular culture represents and can create the norms and cultural milieu that can either encourage or discourage drug use. To date, there has been little systematic endeavour to study the relationships between popular culture and the milieu it creates around drugs. This pilot study concentrated on one aspect of popular culture – music. The team interviewed a small group of young people and people from the music industry to begin to explore the complex set of potential associations between music and drug use.
 

Monograph # 10 Data sources on illicit drug use and harm in Australia [December 2005]

This Monograph (No. 10) provides a description and review of the routinely-collected data sources available in Australia that capture information on illicit drug use and related harms. Based on work undertaken at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre and Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, it is intended as a reference document to provide interested persons with a guide to the type and nature of the information available in Australia. It reviews available data across four main domains; patterns and prevalence of use, health consequences, market characteristics and drug crime. For a review of information available on the economic aspects of illicit drug use and harm see Monograph 09 of this series.
 

Monograph #3 Estimating the prevalence of problematic heroin use in Melbourne [December 2005]

This monograph (No. 03) reports on work that tested new methods for estimating the prevalence of problematic heroin use in Melbourne. Using the non-fatal heroin overdose data, three different capture-recapture methods were employed. Estimates were derived for the year 2000 and the year 2003/2004. The lack of plausibility of some estimates coupled with the poor ‘goodness-of-fit’ of some models points to the need to continue to develop new methods for estimating problematic heroin use.
 

11th Biennial California Student Survey (CSS), 2005-06

The California Student Survey (CSS) is a mandated statewide project, conducted since 1985. Every two years, the CSS presents a snapshot of students’ risky and health-related behaviors, including drug, alcohol and tobacco use; resilience and perception of school violence [SafeState, USA]

 

Cannabis in Australia - Use, supply, harms and responses

This monograph was written to provide an overview of the cannabis situation in Australia at the present time, including patterns of use, supply, harms and legislation. 475KB PDF [Drug Strategy Branch, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Australia]

 

Hallucinogenic mushrooms: an emerging trend case study

Many young Europeans are experimenting with hallucinogenic (‘magic’) mushrooms. The phenomenon may be driven by a broader consumer trend for young people to actively seek out intense experiences and ‘natural highs’ and by an increasing interest in organic products [EMCDDA]

 

Consuming Passions

The ninth analysis of gay men’s HIV risk behaviours. 72-page PDF [Sigma Research, UK]

 

Occasional and controlled heroin use - Not a problem?

This report explores the patterns of heroin use among a population of non-dependent and controlled dependent heroin users who saw their use as relatively problem-free.

Hamish Warburton, Paul J. Turnbull and Mike Hough

 

High and Low Frequency Oscillations in Drug Epidemics

We extend the two-dimensional model of drug use introduced in Behrens et al. [1999, 2000, 2002] by introducing two additional states that model in more detail newly initiated (“light”) users’ response to the drug experience. Those who dislike the drug quickly “quit” and briefly suppress initiation by others. Those who like the drug progress to ongoing (“moderate”) use, from which they may or may not escalate to “heavy” or dependent use. Initiation is spread contagiously by light and moderate users, but is moderated by the drug’s reputation, which is a function of the number of unhappy users (recent quitters + heavy users)

Jonathan P. Caulkins, Gustav Feichtinger, Alessandra Gragnani, GernotTragler

Carnegie Mellon, Heinz School 2005-5, May 2005

 

The NSDUH Report: Demographic and Geographic Variations in Injection Drug Use

Based on SAMHSA's 2002 to 2005 National Surveys on Drug Use & Health [SAMHSA, USA]

 

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2005

Since 1991, the prevalence of many health-risk behaviors among high school students nationwide has decreased. However, many high school students continue to engage in behaviors that place them at risk for the leading causes of mortality and morbidity. The prevalence of many health-risk behaviors varies across cities and states 112-page PDF [CDC, USA]

 

National Drug Threat Assessment 2005  

This assessment addresses the status and outlook of the drug threat to the United States. It covers the trafficking and abuse patterns associated with cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin, MDMA, pharmaceutical drugs, and other dangerous drugs

National Drug Inteligence Center USA

Product No. 2005-Q0317-003

 

The DASIS Report: Heroin - - Changes in How It Is Used, 1995-2005

Based on SAMHSA's Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), annual admissions to substance abuse treatment for primary heroin abuse increased from 228,000 in 1995 to 254,000 in 2005. However, the proportion of primary heroin admissions remained steady at about 14% to 15% of all substance abuse treatment admissions [SAMHSA, USA]

 

Annual report 2005: the state of the drugs problem in Europe

Overview of the European drugs phenomenon in 29 countries [EMCDDA]

 

National reports  

Commissioned each year by the EMCCDA and produced by the National focal points of the Reitox network, the National reports draw an overall picture of the drug phenomenon at national level in each EU Member state

 

Annual report 2005: the state of the drugs problem in Europe IO

Overview of the European drugs phenomenon in 29 countries [EMCDDA]

 

Global Illicit Drug Trends

First released in 1999, these reports are now prepared annually by the Research Section of the United Nations International Drug Control Programme [United Nations]

 

State Estimates of Substance Use from the 2004-2005 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health

This report presents State estimates for 23 measures of substance use or mental health problems based on the 2004 and 2005 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUHs). Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), NSDUH is an ongoing survey of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years or older [SAMHSA, USA]

 

National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of Methodological Studies, 1971–2005

This report provides a comprehensive summary of methodological research conducted on the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. 144-page PDF [SAMHSA, USA]

 

Meth and Child Welfare: Promising Solutions for Children, Their Parents and Grandparents

A 45-page US report that chronicles the harmful effects of methamphetamine on children and their families [Policy Pointers, USA]

 

A Key to Methamphetamine-Related Literature

This document is a comprehensive, thematic index of methamphetamine-related journal articles. (210-page PDF) [AIDS Institute, New York State Department of Health, USA]

 

An overview of the nature and extent of illicit drug use amongst the Traveller community

An exploratory study 111-page PDF [National Advisory Committee on Drugs, Ireland]

 

Drug Misuse Declared

Findings from the 2005/06 British Crime Survey, England and Wales. 99-page PDF [Home office, UK]

 

World Drug Report 2005

This year's World Drug Report estimates that 200 million people, or 5% of the global population age 15-64, have consumed illicit drugs at least once in the last 12 months [United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime]

 

Enhanced Surveillance of Risk Behaviours among Injecting Drug Users in Canada

Phase I of the surveillance system was undertaken in Edmonton, Regina, Sudbury, Toronto, Victoria, and Winnipeg and was linked with a separate study (by the SurvUDI group) at sites in Ottawa and in the province of Quebec. This report presents the findings of the surveys undertaken between 2003 and 2005 at selected sites[Public Health Agency, Canada]

 

The Ecstasy Industry Exploring the Global Market

Ecstasy has become a popular drug over the past 15 years. Its rise was closely connected to a new youth culture, which began at the end of the 1980s. National and international drug control agencies responded to ecstasy's growing popularity in their traditional manner: they prohibited the substance

Crime and Globalisation Programme TNI Briefing Paper 9, December 2004 [Transnational Institute]

 

Drug Use Monitoring in Australia : 2004 annual report on drug use among police detainees

The Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) project has been in operation since 1999. Over the years it has provided police, policy-makers, criminal justice practitioners and other professionals with systematic empirical data on illegal drug use among people detained and brought to a police station or watchhouse.

Australian Crime Commission

Carmen Schulte, Jenny Mouzos, Toni Makkai 2005 ISBN 0 642 53880 8 ; ISSN 1326-6004

 

Drugs situation in southern Caucasus, 2004

48-page PDF [Programme of Assistance for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Drug Trafficking in the Southern Caucasus - SCAD Programme]

 

The 2004 National Drug Strategy Household Survey - Australia

Data collected in Australia's most comprehensive national survey on drug issues [Australian Institute of Health and Welfare]

 

Young people and drugs - Flash Eurobarometer 2004

The European Commission's "Justice and Home Affairs" Directorate General did a Special Standard Eurobarometer survey in 2002 with 7,687 people aged between 15 and 24, representative of the European Union. To study the evolution of the attitude of the target group with regard to drugs, DG Justice and Home Affairs decided to carry out the study again two years later using the Flash Eurobarometer with the same questionnaire and a similar interview methodology The objective of the report is to present the main results obtained from this survey and particularly to compare them with the results observed previously at the European Union level

Realised by EOS Gallup Europe upon the request of the European Commission

 

Drug Misuse Declared: Findings from the 2003/04 British Crime Survey

This statistical bulletin considers the extent of illicit drug use among 16 to 59 year olds in England and Wales in 2003/04 and trends in drug use since 1996, based on data from the British Crime Survey. It particularly focuses on young people and changes since 1998, which marks the beginning of the Governments’ Drugs Strategy. These data are used for monitoring the Home Office PSA (Public Sector Agreement) target

NataliaChivite-Matthews, Anna Richardson, Joanne O'Shea, Jane Becker, Natalie Owen, Stephen Roe and Joanne Condon

Home Office Statistical Bulletin

 

2002-2004 SubState Report of Substance Use & Serious Psychological Distress

The new subState report uses the new treatment planning area definitions provided by each State [SAMHSA, USA]

 

Situational analysis of illicit drug issues and responses in the Asia-Pacific region

The body of this report provides a brief summary of the current illicit drug use situation, country responses to illicit drug issues, and Australian and international involvement in relation to illicit drugs for each country [Australian Policy Online]

 

Injecting drug users in Europe

It has been estimated that there are now 800,000 active drug injecters living in the European Union. Drug injecting, which causes AIDS, is commonly practised among the drug abusers in this part of the world, where it quickly triggered a full-scale endemic of AIDS, HBV and HCV The various member-countries have responded in different ways. But the rates of infection are still alarmingly high everywhere: they are often above 50%, and in some groups, 90% of the drug abusers have been contaminated with the hepatitis C virus

Lucas Wiessing

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), Lisbon 2001

 

Illicit Drug Data Report 2003 - 2004

This report is produced by the Australian Crime Commission (ACC). The data contained in this report provides law enforcement, decision-makers, National Illicit Drug Strategy stakeholders and research bodies with a national overview of the illicit drug situation in Australia for the 2003–04 financial year

Australian CriameCommision

 

Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2003: Interim National Estimates of Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits

DAWN data and estimates for 2003 are not comparable to those for any prior years. Therefore, no trends are presented. 2003 was a period of transition between “old” and “new” DAWN. The transition to the new sample of hospitals began in 2003, but is not yet complete. As a result, the estimates in this publication are based on data from 260 hospitals and apply only to the coterminous U.S. No estimates will be published for metropolitan areas for 2003.

DAWN Series D-26, DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 04-3972, Rockville, MD, 2004

 

The Dynamic Character of Drug Problems

This paper makes three points. (1) Drug-related measures, such as the number of users, have changed rapidly over time, suggesting that they are not merely symptoms of underlying trends in the economy, demographics, or other aggregates that change more slowly. (2) Drug markets are subject to a wide range of feedback effects that can induce non-linearity into dynamic behavior. (3) There are at least five classes of epidemic models that reflect such non-linear dynamic behavior. Some of those classes tend to be optimistic about the ability of drug control interventions to reduce use; others are pessimistic. It is hoped that this discussion and, in particular, the typology, can inform and elevate the debate about drug policy, but it is unlikely to resolve that debate because of the inability to demonstrate empirically which class(es) are most accurate

Jonathan P. Caulkins

Carnegie Mellon, Heinz School 2002-13, Jan 2002

 

HIV/AIDS in prisons in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union

This info sheet reviews what is known about HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C in prisons, with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. (28-page PDF) [Aidslaw, Canada]

 

Licit and illicit drug use in the Netherlands 2001

The results of our second national drug use survey and a detailed description of the methodologies we used to reach these results

[Manja D. Abraham, Hendrien L. Kaal & Peter D.A. Cohen. CEDRO]

 

The impact of urban residency and lifestyle on illicit drug use in the Netherlands

National drug use prevalence figures represent average rates of use among the general population. It is argued here that these numbers mask interesting and important differences between local areas

[Manja D. Abraham. 1999. CEDRO]

 

Licit and illicit drug use in Amsterdam III

Developments in drug use 1987 - 1997

[Manja D. Abraham, Peter D.A. Cohen, Roelf-Jan van Til, and Marieke P.S. Langemeijer. CEDRO]

 

Rapid situation assessment of Malaysia

This situation assessment of Malaysia, examining drug issues from a public health and public security perspective, shows the complexity, challenges and responses of drug use and HIV/AIDS. This report has been produced on behalf of the Infectious Diseases Unit, University of Malaya Medical Centre, with assistance of the Burnet Institute, The Centre for Harm Reduction

Burnet Institute

 

The Hidden Epidemic

In August 1997, the UNAIDS Asia Pacific Inter-Country Team commissioned the Asian Harm Reduction Network to carry out a situation assessment into Drug Use and HIV Vulnerability in South East and East Asia. This report details the findings from the situation assessment

Burnet Institute

 

Revisiting the Hidden Epidemic

The follow up to The Hidden Epidemic Revisited, carried out four years later and broadened to cover the whole Asian region including south Asia, found enormous changes in many areas

Burnet Institute

 

Drugs in a Multicultural Community: An Assessment of Involvement

Drugs in a Multicultural Community: An Assessment of Involvement has been a program of research into the involvement of ethnic communities in Victoria with illicit drugs. The research was carried out for the Victorian Government The current research is considered to represent the most comprehensive study in this area to have been undertaken in Australia

Burnet Institute

 

Injecting Drug Use and Blood-Borne Viruses: A Comparison of Rural and Urban Victoria, 1990-1995

Most studies of injecting drug users (IDUs) have included only urban IDUs; information about rural IDUs is scarce. Recognizing this, the Victorian Injecting Drug Users Cohort Study (VICS) recruited IDUs from rural Victoria as well as Melbourne, capital city of the state of Victoria, Australia. Examination of data collected from IDUs living in Melbourne and the Western District revealed numerous differences in behaviour and serology

Burnet Institute

 

Drugs and poverty: A literature review

A report produced by the Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) on behalf of the Scottish Association of Alcohol and Drug Action Teams. key literature review areas include deprivation, the causes of problem drug use, communities, crime and social exclusion, employability and future policy implications [SDF, UK]

 

A Key to Methamphetamine-Related Literature

This document is a comprehensive, thematic index of methamphetamine-related journal articles. In its electronic format, it contains links from cited articles to PubMed, a resource of the National Library of Medicine maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. 448-page PDF [Mark R. Hammer, Divison of HIV Prevention, AIDS Institute, New York State Department of Health, USA]

 

Crystal methamphetamine use in New South Wales

This paper provides an overview of crystal methamphetamine and its effects, supply and distribution, and the characteristics of crystal methamphetamine users [Parliament of New South Wales, Australia]

 

Health Research Board reviews levels of blood-borne viruses among injecting drug users in Ireland

The number of injecting drug users with HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C is higher now than in early nineties according to a new report from the Health Research Board. 105-page PDF [National Documentation Centre, Ireland]

 

A European Manual of the Early Information Function for Emerging Drug Phenomena

This summary presents the main results of a European collaborative work on how to identify and understand early changes in drug use or new drugs more quickly than by using standard monitoring systems.

November 2003

 

Estimating the Relative Efficiency of Various Forms of Prevention at Different Stages of a Drug Epidemic

Drug use and problems change dramatically over time in ways that are often described as reflecting an epidemic cycle. We use simulation of a model of drug epidemics to investigate how the relative effectiveness of different types of prevention varies over the course of such an epidemic.

Doris A. Behrens, Jonathan P. Caulkins, GernotTragler, Doris Winkler

Carnegie Mellon, Heinz School 2002-9, Jul 2002

 

The Dynamic Character of Drug Problems

This paper makes three points. (1) Drug-related measures, such as the number of users, have changed rapidly over time, suggesting that they are not merely symptoms of underlying trends in the economy, demographics, or other aggregates that change more slowly. (2) Drug markets are subject to a wide range of feedback effects that can induce non-linearity into dynamic behavior. (3) There are at least five classes of epidemic models that reflect such non-linear dynamic behavior. Some of those classes tend to be optimistic about the ability of drug control interventions to reduce use; others are pessimistic. It is hoped that this discussion and, in particular, the typology, can inform and elevate the debate about drug policy, but it is unlikely to resolve that debate because of the inability to demonstrate empirically which class(es) are most accurate

Jonathan P. Caulkins

Carnegie Mellon, Heinz School 2002-13, Jan 2002

 

Prevalence of substance use, serious mental illness, related problems, and treatment in the U.S.

2003 National Survey on Drug Use & Health [formerly called the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA)] SAMHSA

 

Estimates and Projections of the Hepatitis C Virus Epidemic in Australia 2002

[Australian National Council on AIDS, Hepatitis C and Related Diseases]

 

The 2001 National Drug Strategy Household Survey - Australia

The survey questions were in the context of reducing problems associated with the use of alcohol, tobacco and heroin [Australian Institute of Health and Welfare]

 

Cannabis: answers to your questions

This 23 page summary review of the current research and clinical literature is based on the ANCD report Evidence-based answers to cannabis questions: a review of the literature [Australian Policy Online]

 

Evidence-based answers to cannabis questions: a review of the literature

This brief review of the evidence answering key questions in relation to cannabis was commissioned by the Australian National Council on Drugs for an audience including media, politicians and their advisers, the alcohol and other drugs sector, and interested members of the community [Australian Policy Online]

 

Inventory of HIV Incidence and Prevalence Studies in Canada

The purpose of the inventory is to present studies in a manner that allows for easy comparison and to encourage and facilitate a more timely sharing of information [Public Health Agency of Canada]

 

Substance Misuse Research: Co-morbid Mental Health and Substance Misuse in Scotland

The research project investigated the nature, scope and impact of existing service provision in Scotland for people with co-existing mental health and substance misuse problems [Scottish Executive, UK]

 

Drug use statistics

ABS publication reports on a range of national data sources, covering prevalence and patterns of use, law and order, health, family and community issues and economics [Australian Institute of Criminology]

 

Young people and drugs  

Media reports and official publications have frequently portrayed drug takers as lacking self-esteem, unable to resist peer pressure, seeking oblivion, rejecting traditional norms, anti-social and willing to violate laws. This research by a team at Demos tested these impressions by examining young people's attitudes, through quantitative re-analysis of a survey of 854 young people (respondents - divided into those who had tried and had not tried illicit drugs) and a qualitative study of 110 young people (interviewees - classified as non-users, recreational users and problem users).

Joseph Rowntree Foundation Social Policy Research 133 - November 1997 ISBN 1 85935 038 0 Perri 6, Ben Jupp, Helen Perry and Kristen Lasky

 

Trends in Methamphetamine / Amphetamine Admissions to Treatment, 1993-2003

47 of the 50 States distinguish between methamphetamines and amphetamines as primary substances of abuse in their reporting to TEDS. In these 47 States, methamphetamine was the primary drug in 86% of the combined methamphetamine/ amphetamine treatment admissions in 2003 [SAMHSA, USA]

 

The Next Big Thing? Methamphetamine in the United States

A 44-page report examining the extent of methamphetamine abuse in the United States and contrasts the facts with media coverage [Policy Pointers, USA]

 

National Threat Assessments

NDIC's annual National Drug Threat Assessment gives policymakers and counterdrug executives a timely, predictive report on the threat of drugs, gangs, and violence. We synthesize the views of local, state, regional, and federal agencies to produce a comprehensive picture of this threat.

U S Department of Justice

 

ANCD research paper 1—Heroin overdose: prevalence, correlates, consequences and interventions

85 pages Australian National Council on Drugs

 

ANCD research paper 2—Structural determinants of youth drug use

91 pages Australian National Council on Drugs

 

ACT Trends in Ecstasy and Related Drug Markets 2004: Findings from the Party Drugs Initiative (PDI)

The IDRS is a study that acts as a strategic early warning system for trends and issues emerging from illicit drug markets in Australia.

Proudfoot, P., Ward, J., Buckingham, K. & Sparks, R.

NDARC Technical Report No. 227

 

Comparative Study of National Drug Use Student Surveys in 7 Countries

This report contains the main findings of nationwide surveys on drug use carried out in 2003 in seven countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, and Uruguay. It also offers comparisons of some of those findings. All of the surveys were carried out using the methodology of the Inter-American Drug Use Data System (SIDUC)

Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission

 

Statistics on Drug Use in Australia 2000

Statistics on Drug Use in Australia 2000 is the ninth in a series originally titled Statistics on Drug Abuse in Australia [AIHW]

 

Federal Drug Offenders, 1999 with Trends, 1984-99

Describes offenders investigated for and charged with Federal drug offenses during 1999. This report includes statistics describing type of drug involved in the offense, criminal history of defendants charged, demographic characteristics of defendants charged, defendants' role in the drug conspiracy, and sentences imposed

Bureau of Justice Statistics

 

Global Illicit Drug Trends

First released in 1999, this report is now prepared annually by the Research Section of the United Nations International Drug Control Programme. Available here 1999 to 2003 [United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime]

 
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