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.



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)
HIV sweeps across eastern Europe amid economic crisis (January 2015)
HIV is spreading at a dangerous rate in nations around the Black Sea, passing a record 100,000 new cases yearly (EU Observer)
Drugs and Development:The Great Disconnect(January 2015)
This report argues that ‘drugs’ are a development issue and must be recognised as such by development agencies (GDPO)
New EMCDDA review studies the effectiveness of overdose antidote, naloxone (January 2015)
Can naloxone provided in the community help reduce the thousands of drug-induced deaths recorded in Europe every year? This is the question explored by the EMCDDA in a new paper
Crime in England and Wales, Year Ending September 2014 (January 2015)
Information on drug offences from page 78 (ONS)
Drug seizures and arrests in Northern Ireland, period ending 31 December 2014 (January 2015)
Monthly update of class A, B and C drug seizure incidents and arrests by (Police Service of Northern Ireland)
Census of Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services in Northern Ireland 2014 (January 2015)
This bulletin summarises information collected in the fifth census of statutory and non-statutory drug and alcohol treatment services in Northern Ireland to establish the number of persons in treatment for drug and/or alcohol misuse (Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety)
Justice Matters (January 2015)
Essays on improving Scotland’s justice system. Chapter on Tackling Drug Abuse in Scotland: A Record of Failure Not Success
Trends in Opioid Analgesic Abuse and Mortality in the United States (January 2015)
Postmarketing surveillance indicates that the diversion and abuse of prescription opioid medications increased between 2002 and 2010 and plateaued or decreased between 2011 and 2013. These findings suggest that the United States may be making progress in controlling the abuse of opioid analgesics (NEJM)
Considering Marijuana Legalization (January 2015)
Insights for Vermont and Other Jurisdictions (RAND)
Preventing fatal overdoses (January 2015)
A systematic review of the effectiveness of take-home naloxone (EMCDDA)
Hard EdgesMapping severe and multiple disadvantage (January 2015)
Most of us understand that people who are homeless, or offenders or drug misusers must also face a wider set of challenges. It is hard to imagine a person who has fallen into a hard drug problem, for example, who isn’t dealing with early problems stemming from childhood or who isn’t facing a new set of problems as a result of their drug taking (LankellyChase Foundation)
The Smack Track (January 2015)
East African states are being undermined by heroin smuggling (The Economist)
Policing Minister urges police forces to take up new mobile drug testing device (January 2015)
The Policing Minster formally announced the first mobile drug testing device at the Roads Policing Conference (Home Office)
DrugScope Street Drug Trends Survey 2014: UK drug scene ever more complex and dangerous (January 2015)
The latest Street Drug Survey reveals the ever more diverse range of illegal and legal drugs being used by vulnerable groups in society, with pregabalin, gabapentin and synthetic cannabinoid use of particular concern. Interviews with frontline workers also highlighted fears that drug-related deaths may continue to rise as street drug purities increase (DrugScope)
World Drug Report 2014 (January 2015)
IDPC response to the 2014 UNODC World Drug Report (January 2015)
In this report, the most recent of the IDPC’s annual responses to the UNODC’s World Drug Report, we aim to provide an overview of the data and topics presented in the Report, and where appropriate – and within the context of the Office’s narrative stance – offer a critical analysis of both (IDPC)
The Rise and Challenge of Dark Net Drug Markets (January 2015)
This policy brief examines the expansion of drug markets on the Dark Net or ‘hidden web’ and the challenges they pose for both law enforcement agencies and the international legal framework within which those agencies ultimately operate (GDPO)
A councillors' guide to tackling new psychoactive substances (January 2015)
This guide is designed to provide councillors with an introduction to NPS, how they can raise awareness of the harm NPS use can cause and what councils can do to tackle sales of NPS in their areas (Local Government Association)
How do drug market changes affect characteristics of injecting initiation and subsequent patterns of drug use? Findings from a cohort of regular heroin and methamphetamine injectors in Melbourne, Australia (January 2015)
The drug market period in which injecting initiation occurred influenced the first drug injected and influenced some aspects of subsequent drug use. In the context of highly dynamic drug markets in which polydrug use is common there is a need for broad harm reduction and drug treatment services which are flexible and responsive to changing patterns of drug use (Drug Policy)
Young people’s statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System: financial year ending 31 March 2014 (January 2015)
Presents results from the NDTMS on young people in contact with drug and alcohol treatment agencies and general practitioners (Public Health England)
PHE publishes report on substance misuse treatment for young people (January 2015)
New data on young people’s substance misuse treatment shows that specialist services in England continue to work well (Public Health England)
War on drugs: The Kiwi comedown has lessons for all (January 2015)
Hailed as a better way than prohibition, there is much to learn from New Zealand’s stalled attempt to legalise new highs (New Scientist)
Regional alcohol consumption and alcohol-related mortality in Great Britain: novel insights using retail sales data (January 2015)
This study provides support for the ecological relationship between alcohol-related mortality and alcohol consumption (BMC Public Health)
A Change to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (January 2015)
Control of AH-7921, LSD–related compounds, tryptamines, and rescheduling of GHB (Home Office)
Integrated Monitoring System Annual Report (January 2015)
(Centre for Public Health)
The DAISY project (December 2014)
Managed by ISD, commissioned by the Scottish Government Drugs Policy Unit and Alcohol Policy Team
2014 Data from In-School Surveys of 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-Grade Students (December 2014)
Drug and Alcohol: Text, Figures, & Tables (Monitoring the Future)
Reducing reoffending and improving rehabilitation (December 2014)
Managing drug misusing offenders (Home Office, Ministry of Justice)
Responsibility Deal: Monitoring the number of units of alcohol sold (December 2014)
Second interim report, 2013 data (Department of Health)
United Kingdom Drug Situation (December 2014)
Annual Report to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (Public Health England)
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