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.



Methadone continuation versus forced withdrawal on incarceration in a combined US prison and jail: a randomised, open-label trial (May 2015)
Continuation of methadone maintenance during incarceration could contribute to greater treatment engagement after release, which could in turn reduce the risk of death from overdose and risk behaviours (The Lancet)
Queen’s Speech 2015: background briefing notes (May 2015)
See pages 72-74 of the notes for information on NPS. The legislation aims to "Protect hard-working citizens from the risks posted by untested, unknown and potential harmful drugs and create a blanket ban which would prohibit and disrupt the production, distribution, sale and supply of new psychoactive substances (NPS) in the UK (Cabinet Office, UK)
The Challenge of Synthetic Drugs in East and South-East Asia and Oceania (May 2015)
Trends and Patterns of Amphetamine-type Stimulants and New Psychoactive Substances (UNODC)
Effectiveness of bystander naloxone administration and overdose education programs: a meta-analysis (May 2015)
Empirical evidence in the research literature suggests that bystander naloxone administration and overdose education programs are associated with increased odds of recovery and with improved knowledge of overdose recognition and management in non-clinical settings (Injury Epidemiology)
What Interventions Are Needed for Women and Girls Who Use Drugs? A Global Perspective (May 2015)
Women and girls who inject drugs are more likely than their male counterparts to acquire HIV. In addition to criminalization, punitive laws, and social stigma that puts all injecting drug users at increased risk, women are made even more vulnerable by social, economic, and culturally embedded power imbalances (JAIDS)
Commission set to dump EU alcohol strategy (May 2015)
Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU's Health and Food Safety Commissioner, said that the executive has no intention of submitting a new strategy to reduce alcohol-related harm in Europe, suggesting that the issue will be tackled as part of a broad range of "risk factors" affecting chronic diseases (Euractive)
Women across the Americas incarcerated for minor, non-violent, drug-related crimes at an alarming rate (May 2015)
Women across the Americas are being incarcerated for minor, non-violent, drug-related crimes at an alarming rate. In Argentina, Brazil, and Costa Rica, well over 60 percent of each country’s female prison population is incarcerated for drug-related crimes; in Ecuador, that number tops 80 percent (IDPC)
Reducing alcohol-related harm (May 2015)
Policy Briefing (New Zealand Medical Association)
NGOs highlight human rights violations committed in the name of drug control (May 2015)
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is planning to draft a report on the impact of drugs and drug control on human rights ... In order to feed into the report, a series of NGOs submitted letters highlighting the impact of drug control on human rights (IDPC)
Review of a 'test on arrest' pilot and core criminal justice provision for drug-using offenders in Hertfordshire. London (May 2015)
It sought to assess the impact of introducing a pilot of drug testing on arrest and required (initial and follow-up) assessments within one of HCC's police custody suites (ICPR)
National Drugs Strategy 2009 - 2016 (May 2015)
Progress Report to End 2014 (Ireland)
2013-14 Illicit Drug Data Report (May 2015)
The Illicit Drug Data Report 2013–14 provides governments, law enforcement agencies, policy makers, academia, interested stakeholders and the community with a robust statistical picture of the Australian illicit drug market (Australian Crime Commission)
The impact of drug policy on women (May 2015)
In the public mind, the “war on drugs” probably conjures up a male image. In most countries, official statistics would show that men, indeed, are the majority of people who use drugs recreationally, who have problematic use, and who sell drugs. But punitive drug laws and policies pose a heavy burden on women and, in turn, on the children for whom women are often the principal caregivers (Open Society Foundations)
National Forum on Drug-related Deaths Scotland (May 2015)
This report reviews the impact of the Forum during 2014 and looks ahead by setting out recommendations that seek to reduce the numbers at risk (SFAD)
West Africa drug policy training toolkit: Facilitation guide (May 2015)
This toolkit allows IDPC and a wide range of organisations to deliver trainings and workshops on drug policy advocacy to their civil society partners and members. It covers the areas of drug policy, civil society advocacy, harm reduction, crime and security, and drug treatment and prevention (IDPC)
A successful approach to tackling drug-related crime (May 2015)
This research and policy briefing reminds us of a few key findings from RAPt’s research and experience (RAPT)
Substance misuse and mental health in prison (May 2015)
This research and policy briefing describes the worrying extent of mental health problems amongst prisoners, and the close correlation between mental health conditions such as depression and post traumatic stress disorders, and substance misuse (RAPT)
Why reducing drug-related crime is important, and why the new government needs to act (May 2015)
This research and policy briefing explains why reducing the rates of re-offending amongst those struggling with drug and alcohol dependencies is a crucial factor in any strategy to reduce overall crime rates (RAPT)
Global statistics on addictive behaviours: 2014 status report (May 2015)
Tobacco and alcohol use are by far the most prevalent addictive behaviours and cause the large majority of the harm. However, the quality of data on prevalence and addiction-related harms is mostly low, and comparisons between countries and regions must be viewed with caution (Addiction)
Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use (May 2015)
Economics and Public Health Policy (OECD)
National Treatment Indicators Report (May 2015)
This fourth NTI report provides 2012–2013 fiscal-year data from six provinces, one territory and one provincial association and has expanded its scope to include information on the primary substance for which treatment was sought. The report also includes information on the total number of hospital stays related to substance use disorders and their associated costs. (CCSA)
Anti-doping annual review (May 2015)
The review provides details of the activities of the Programme in 2014, including the financial cost of the programme. In 2014 the Programme cost € 1,533,143 (The Irish Sports Council)
Review of Needle Exchange Provision in Ireland (May 2015)
This report on Needle Exchange Provision in Ireland is aimed at improving needle exchange coverage and enhancing service delivery as a way of reducing rates of new HCV and HIV infection and charts a way forward in identifying potential care pathways for drug and alcohol services in this country (HSE)
The Australian life in recovery survey (May 2015)
A total of 573 forms were completed and entered directly online or subsequently entered by the research team at Turning Point (Turning Point,)
The Impact of Drug Policy on Women (May 2015)
This paper offers an overview of the gender dimension of the war on drugs and the burdens that ill-conceived policies and inadequate programs place on women and girls (Open Society Foundations)
DIP Merseyside Drug Testing Report (May 2015)
This report focuses on the seven Merseyside custody suites which carried out drug tests between April 2013 and March 2014, the demographic details captured during the drug testing process and the times at which drug tests were carried out (Centre for Public Health)
Demystifying ‘Narcoterrorism’ (May 2015)
This policy brief considers the way in which the term has evolved since the early 1980s and the main official and academic attempts at defining it (Global Drug Policy Observatory)
The new drug warriors (May 2015)
As one side of the world softens its line against illegal drugs, another is getting tougher - and more vocal (Economist)
England & Wales: Breaking Down 2014 Drug Policing Data (May 2015)
Past-year data in England and Wales shows a drop off in drug policing. But, with figures still well above where they were a decade ago, and an abundance of evidence showing that policing possession has little impact on use rates, why is the government still funneling resources into this futile practice? (Talking Drugs)
FARE Annual Alcohol Poll 2015 (May 2015)
Now in its sixth year, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education’s (FARE) Annual alcohol poll 2015: Attitudes and behaviours provides valuable trend data and insights into community perspectives on alcohol (FARE)
Human rights, public health and medicinal cannabis use (April 2015)
This paper explores the interplay between the human rights and drug control frameworks and critiques case law on medicinal cannabis use to demonstrate that a bona fide human rights perspective allows for a broader conception of ‘health’ (Critical Public Health)
The National Drug-Related Deaths Database (Scotland) (April 2015)
Report: Analysis of Deaths occurring in 2013 (ISD)
Crime in England and Wales, Year Ending December 2014 (April 2015)
The police recorded 178,719 drug offences in the year ending December 2014, a decrease of 11% compared with the previous year (ONS)
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