Recent Publications

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.



The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Policy Group on Alcohol (April 2015)
Submission on Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015 (RCPI)
Effectiveness of Computer-Assisted Therapy for Substance Dependence Using Breaking Free Online (April 2015)
Subgroup Analyses of a Heterogeneous Sample of Service Users (JMIR)
Alcohol and other drug treatment services (AODTS) (April 2015)
Following are highlights from the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set (AODTS NMDS). Further information will be released in June 2015 (AIHW)
National opioid pharmacotherapy statistics (NOPSAD) (April 2015)
highlights from the NOPSAD collection (AIHW)
Owen Bowden-Jones: New drugs, new harms, new clinical guidance (April 2015)
The past five years has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of these psychoactive drugs (BMJ)
Substance use and substance use disorder by industry (April 2015)
This report is one of several designed to update SAMHSA’s Analytic Series A–29, Worker Substance Use and Workplace Policies and Programs, published in 2007 (SAMHSA)
An Innovative Drug Policy That Works (April 2015)
The program, launched in 2011 as the first of its kind in the country, allows law enforcement officers to direct people charged with low-level drug or sex work offenses into community-based services instead of prosecution and jail (Open Society Foundations)
Treatment of cannabis-related disorders in Europe (April 2015)
This publication reviews the interventions used in the treatment of cannabis disorders and maps out the geography of cannabis treatment in Europe (EMCDDA)
Advances in Dual Diagnosis (April 2015)
When 80 per cent of your clients have a dual diagnosis, asking whether the service needs a dual diagnosis worker is getting things the wrong way around (Advances in Dual Diagnosis)
The gender dimension of non-medical use of prescription drugs in Europe and the Mediterranean region (April 2015)
This study aims to explore the gender dimension of non-medical use of prescription drugs (NMUPD) in Europe and the Mediterranean region and continues to build on the corpus of knowledge on the subject and also help identify gaps (Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit trafficking in Drugs)
Drugs action plan (April 2015)
A new strategy is required to address the current prevalence and nature of drug use in Ireland which needs to contain high level actions which can be broadly categorised under (1) National Substance Misuse Strategy, (2) Community Impact & Crime, (3)Health, Treatment & Rehabilitation, (4) Prevention & Early Intervention. (Fianna Fáil)
Global prison trends 2015 (April 2015)
Drugs and imprisonment (Penal Reform International)
Drugs and The Internet (April 2015)
This bulletin is the fourth in a series by the Drug Trends Unit that provides analysis of trends over time in the availability and type of substances sold via the internet to Australia. The current bulletin reports for the time period July 2014 to December 2014 (NDARC)
Understanding the health and service needs of diverse populations of pharmaceutical opioid users (April 2015)
Cohort studies of dependent users in treatment, and people who inject drugs (NDARC)
Alcohol and other Drug Use (April 2015)
The Roles and Capabilities of Social Workers (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Podcasts of New Drug Seminars (April 2015)
Supply and demand: drug markets in transition (University of Kent)
Sentencing reform for drug trafficking in England and Wales (April 2015)
This paper discusses recent changes to sentencing in England and Wales, which aim to recognise drug couriers as a distinct category, and so attribute lesser, more proportionate punishment (IDPC)
Protection or Harm? Suppressing Substance-Use Data (April 2015)
We believe that the federal government's short-sighted policy will harm the very people it was meant to protect (NEJM)
Why the high level general assembly thematic debate towards the 2016 UNGASS on drugs is important (April 2015)
On 7th May 2015, the UN General Assembly will hold a high-level thematic debate in support of the process towards the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS) scheduled for April 2016. The UNGASS is set to be a critical juncture for the international drug policy debate and will be an opportunity for an honest assessment of the successes and failures of global drug control policies (IDPC)
Drug users should be able to get heroin from the health system (April 2015)
Politicians may not like it, but evidence shows that giving heroin to some users reduces harm, argues Martin T Schechter (BMJ)
A Changing Landscape for Commissioning (April 2015)
This is the third in a series of briefings by DrugScope on behalf of the Recovery Partnership which examines some of the broader issues around recovery from substance misuse problems (DrugScope)
Advocating for treatment and recovery at the strategic level (April 2015)
Lessons from a roundtable of commissioners (DrugScope)
Drug policy reform and the reclassification of cannabis in England and Wales: A cautionary tale (April 2015)
The contradictions and reversals involved in the reclassification of cannabis, it is argued, can be readily understood in terms of the broader politics of crime and control and the ‘structured ambivalence’ of state responses (Drug Policy)
Mental health and substance misuse (April 2015)
This briefing describes several aims (DrugScope)
Maximizing Health, Minimizing Harm: The Role of Public Health Programs in Drug User Health (April 2015)
Impact of Preventable HIV and Hepatitis Outbreaks in States (NASTAD)
Protecting the human rights of people who use psychedelics (April 2015)
Prohibition had negative outcomes for the millions of individuals who find it worthwhile to use psychedelics in various cultural settings outside of those in the clinic (Lancet)
Not for human consumption (April 2015)
An updated and amended status report on new psychoactive substances (NPS) and ‘club drugs’ in the UK (DrugScope)
New psychoactive substances in Europe (April 2015)
An update from the EU early warning system (IDPC)
Drugs in Prison (March 2015)
Drugusing prisoners are suffering from physical and mental health conditions and their chances of rehabilitation are slim. Society is suffering through addicted prisoners committing crime to fund their habits on release. One of the chief purposes of prison is to reduce crime. In this regard they are clearly failing (Centre for Social Justice)
Drug-Related Deaths Summit 2015 (March 2015)

This note captures the main points in the discussion at the summit, which was structured with the intent of sharing the early findings from Public Health England's analysis of the ONS drug-related death data and data from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (DrugScope)

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