Recent publications across all six ISSDP Grey Literature Bibliography Categories are held here for one month. They will then be located in specific categories in the main Bibliography to be replaced by more recent research.



Drug strategy annual review: 2014 to 2015 (February 2015)
The third annual review of the drug strategy, 'A Balanced Approach', updates progress on the 3 strands of the strategy since December 2013 (Home Office)
Competencies for Canada’s Substance Abuse Workforce (February 2015)
Technical competencies guide to working with first nations clients (CCSA)
Casualties of War (February 2015)
How the War on Drugs is harming the world’s poorest (Health Poverty Action)
Way forward to tackle NPS (February 2015)
Expert Review Group reports back on new ways to tackle ‘legal highs’(Scottish Government)
Prevention of drug and alcohol dependence (February 2015)
The (ACMD) Recovery Committee’s briefing paper on the prevention of drug and alcohol dependence
WHO calls for worldwide use of "smart" syringes (February 2015)
The World Health Organization is launching a new policy on injection safety and a global campaign with support from the IKEA Foundation and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to help all countries tackle the pervasive issue of unsafe injections (WHO)
Comparative risk assessment of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and other illicit drugs using the margin of exposure approach (February 2015)
The toxicological margin of exposure (MOE) approach validates epidemiological and social science-based drug ranking approaches especially in regard to the positions of alcohol and tobacco (high risk) and cannabis (low risk) (Scientific Reports)
Maps show the hard drug trade in remarkable detail (February 2015)
One glance at the size and scope of the drug business suggests it may always be unwinnable (Business Insider)
A Mapping of Global Prevention Materials (February 2015)
Celebrating Good Practice and Identifying Significant Gaps (Prevention Hub)
A change to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971: control of MT-45 and 4,4’-DMAR (February 2015)
This circular draws attention to the contents of the Statutory Instruments S.I. 2015/215, S.I. 2015/232 and S.I. 2015/231 which come into force at 00:01 on 11 March 2015 (Home Office)
CND decision to schedule ketamine would undermine WHO treaty mandate (February 2015)
The UN Commission considers to bring ketamine under the control of the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances contrary to WHO recommendations (Global Drug Policy Observatory)
Family Drug and Alcohol Court to extend nationwide (February 2015)
Courts that help families affected by drug and alcohol misuse to open in new areas, thanks to government backing worth £2.5 million (Department for Education)
HIV sweeps across eastern Europe amid economic crisis (February 2015)
HIV is spreading at a dangerous rate in nations around the Black Sea, passing a record 100,000 new cases yearly (euobserver)
Take-home naloxone for opioid overdose in people who use drugs (February 2015)
Advice for local authorities and local partners on promoting the wider availability of naloxone to reduce overdose deaths from heroin and similar drugs (PHE)
ChemSex and HCV transmission among UK MSM (February 2015)
Before health professionals can communicate effectively with these clients about the potentially stigma-laden issue of HCV they need to develop an awareness of the various elements of risk in the ChemSex environment (BMJ)
Ketamine: rescheduling and patient group directions (February 2015)
'Ketamine: rescheduling and patient group directions' provides further advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) to the Home Secretary
Global State of Harm Reduction 2014 (February 2015)
The data gathered for the report provided a critical baseline against which progress could be measured in terms of international, regional and national recognition of harm reduction in policy and practice (Harm Reduction International)
ECDC and EMCDDA release a joint rapid risk assessment on wound botulism among people who inject heroin (February 2015)
The two EU agencies will continue to monitor the situation through their respective early warning systems (EMCDDA)
‘Legal highs’ incidents up more than 150 per cent in a year, say police (February 2015)
The number of police incidents involving ‘legal highs’ has almost trebled across England in a year )Centre for Social Justice)
Mexico Poppy Production Feeds Growing US Heroin Demand
As criminal groups in Mexico rush to meet the growing demand for heroin in the United States, InSight Crime looks at the production chain from poppy farms to heroin laboratories (InSight Crime)
‘Legal highs’ incidents up more than 150 per cent in a year, say police (February 2015)
The number of police incidents involving ‘legal highs’ has almost trebled across England in a year )Centre for Social Justice)
Alcohol-related Deaths in the United Kingdom, Registered in 2013 (February 2015)
This bulletin presents alcohol-related death figures for the UK, its constituent countries and regions of England for 2013 (Office of National Statistics)
State of the Sector 2014 - 15 (February 2015)
State of the Sector provides a voice for nearly 200 services Summary (DrugScope)
Mortality among drug users in Europe: new and old challenges for public health (February 2015)
This paper examines the overall number of lives lost due to drug use (EMCDDA)
Drugnet Europe 89 (February 2015)
New review studies the effectiveness of overdose antidote, naloxone - trendspotter study explores online supply of drugs (EMCDDA)
£400k ‘club drugs’ project gets go ahead (February 2015)
Second phase of NEPTUNE project will improve delivery of evidence-based treatment for ‘club drugs’ by providing new resources for clinicians (NHS)
INCB warns against weakening the international drugcontrol legal framework (February 2015)
At the opening of its 112th Session on Monday, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) once again cautioned the members of the international community of the public health risks associated with the adoption of legislative and policy measures which are inconsistent with the provisions of the three United Nations drug control conventions (UNIS)
Historic Requests for Treatment and Prevention in President Obama’s 2016 Budget (February 2015)
In response to America’s drug problem, the 2016 Budget reflects the Administration’s ongoing commitment to reducing drug use and its consequences through a balanced approach rooted in science. Budget highlights (ONDCP)
New report on use of ‘payment by results’ for people with multiple needs (February 2015)
Adding Value? Reflections on payment by results for people with multiple and complex needs [Report] considers how a range of different PbR schemes have been applied to services working with individuals facing multiple and complex problems, including a combination of poor mental health, offending, substance misuse, and homelessness (Revolving Doors)
Mortality among drug users in Europe: new and old challenges for public health (February 2015)
This paper examines the overall number of lives lost due to drug use. All-cause mortality among problem drug users is investigated by means of cohort studies, which link data from death registries to drug treatment records (EMCDDA)
The Illegal Trade in Previously Legal Highs in Romania (February 2015)
Since laws were passed in Romania in 2010 and 2011, prohibiting the trade in previously legal highs and any other commercial products with psychoactive effects, the sale and use of these substances has gone down significantly. Nevertheless, amphetamine-like stimulants and other previously legal highs are still readily available, via a number of different routes, to users who are in the know (Drug Reporter)
Human rights, drug control and the UN special procedures (February 2015)
Preventing arbitrary detention through the promotion of human rights in drug control (International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy)
Cannabis use common among people using prescribed opioids for chronic pain (February 2015)
One in six people using prescribed opioids for chronic pain also use cannabis, a study of 1,500 Australians led by researchers at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
New EMCDDA trendspotter study explores online supply of drugs (February 2015)
The speed with which the Internet is transforming drug markets poses a major challenge to law enforcement, public health, research and monitoring agencies. This is according to Internet and drug markets (EMCDDA)
Illegal Drugs Laws: Clearing a 50-Year-Old Obstacle to Research (January 2015)
The United Nations drug control conventions of 1960 and 1971 and later additions have inadvertently resulted in perhaps the greatest restrictions of medical and life sciences research. These conventions now need to be revised to allow neuroscience to progress unimpeded and to assist in the innovation of treatments for brain disorders (PLoS)
Understanding the Costs and Savings to Public Services of Different Treatment Pathways for Clients Dependent on Opiates (January 2015)
This paper presents a summary of analysis that considered the costs and savings to public services that might be generated from those receiving treatment for opiate dependence (Department for Work and Pensions, UK)
A multi-faceted approach to new psychoactive substances (January 2015)
Slides from presentations at yesterday's event in Birmingham (Public Health England)
Local and National Alcohol Policy: how do they interact? (January 2015)
The specific aim of this seminar was to explore the interaction between the local and the national in the making of alcohol policy in the past and in the present, focusing on continuities and changes over time (LSE)
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