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.



Alcohol and the Developing Adolescent Brain (October 2014)
Evidence Review (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems)
Key findings from the 2014 IDRS (October 2014)
A survey of people who inject drugs (NDARC)
An overview of the 2014 Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (October 2014)
Drug trends in this publication are cited by state/territory, although they represent trends in the capital city of each jurisdiction (NDARC)
Ice use increases among people who inject drugs (October 2014)
The use of crystal methamphetamine (‘ice’) among people who inject drugs has increased significantly over the past year according to research to be released by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at a conference in Sydney today (October 20)
Why Are Colombian Groups Trafficking Cocaine Paste to Europe? (October 2014)
Officials in Colombia say drug traffickers have begun moving large quantities of unrefined cocaine paste to Europe, but with little processing infrastructure and no established market for the smokeable paste, why they would do so remains unclear (InSight Crime)
Alcohol and health in Wales 2014 (October 2014)
Welsh Government
Legal thresholds for serious drug offences (October 2014)
Expert advice to the ACT on determining amounts for trafficable, commercial and large commercial drug offences (NDARC)
Alcohol and other drug treatment and diversion from the Australian criminal justice system: 2012-13 (October 2014)
Nationally, there were 24,069 clients who had been diverted into alcohol and other drug treatment, comprising 24% of all clients (AIHW)
Evidence from the frontline (October 2014)
How policy changes are affecting people experiencing multiple needs (MEAM)
Overdose Prevention Services Upon Release from Prison: Best Practices from Scotland, Denmark, Italy and Spain (October 2014)
it is essential to close the gap between the prisons and community to ensure an equivalence of evidence-based treatment and care which includes comprehensive cover of overdose prevention and management programmes, as well as opiate substitution treatment (Eurasian Harm Reduction Network)
Statistics from the Northern Ireland Drug Misuse Database: 1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014 (October 2014)
This bulletin summarises information on people presenting to services with problem drug misuse and relates to the 12-month period ending 31 March 2014 (Public Health Information & Research Branch)
Single homelessness under the spotlight (October 2014)
16,402 people entering drug treatment with a housing problem or nowhere to live (Official blog of Public Health England)
Computer-assisted and online data collection in general population surveys (October 2014)
The aim of the present report is to collect information from a literature review on computer-assisted interviewing and online data collection in general population surveys. It evaluates the pros and cons of both approaches in terms of research processes and outcomes (EMCDDA)
Making the case (October 2014)
A practical guide to promoting drug and alcohol treatment and recovery services locally (DrugScope)
Review of Drug and Alcohol Commissioning (October 2014)
A joint review conducted by Public Health England and the Association of Directors of Public Health
Changes to commissioning for victims’ services – implications for the substance misuse sector in London (October 2014)
The aim of this article is to briefly discuss MoJ plans to enhance support for victims and witnesses (priority 1) and consider some of the implications and opportunities for the substance misuse sector (LDAN)
NICE recommends nalmefene to help people reduce their dependence on alcohol (October 2014)
A drug that can help people who are dependent on alcohol to cut down on the amount they drink, has been recommended in final draft guidance by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Deaths related to drug poisoning, England and Wales, 2013 (October 2014)
Excel spreadsheet (Office of National Statistics)
Increases in Heroin Overdose Deaths — 28 States, 2010 to 2012 (October 2014)
Combined mortality data from 28 states, encompassing 56% of the U.S. population, indicate an increasing problem with fatal overdoses from heroin from 2010 to 2012 (CDC)
NYU study finds relationship between neighborhood drug sales and drug use (October 2014)
The research showed more frequent the witnessing of drug selling, the higher the odds of use, particularly for greater quantities of drugs or “harder” drugs (New York University)
Alcohol, drugs and tobacco joint strategic needs assessment support pack (October 2014)
This joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA) support pack – updated annually and in its third year – will help local areas to develop JSNAs and local joint health and wellbeing strategies which effectively address public health issues relating to alcohol, drug and, for the first time in 2014, tobacco use (PHE)
Statistics on Alcohol - England, 2014 (October 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. It covers topics such as drinking habits and behaviours among adults (aged 16 and over) and school children (aged 11 to 15); drinking-related ill health and mortality; affordability of alcohol; alcohol-related admissions to hospital; and alcohol-related costs (HSCIC)
Characteristics of hospital-treated intentional drug overdose in Ireland and Northern Ireland (October 2014)
Despite the overall difference in the rates of IDO, the profile of such presentations was remarkably similar in both countries (BMJ)
Offenders get ‘through-the-gate’ support for drug and alcohol problems (September 2014)
A new Abstinence and Recovery Centre in Manchester will provide support to offenders affected by substance misuse issues, aiming to reduce reoffending (Ministry of Justice)
Cannabis regulation: the need to develop guidelines on use (September 2014)
Potential benefits range from breaking the dominance of drug cartels and redistributing law enforcement budgets to taxation, consumer choice, quality control, and reducing criminalisation of mostly young and otherwise law abiding citizens. But we mustn’t end up with a net public health loss (BMJ)
Early Intervention and Prevention (September 2014)
This briefing paper is aimed at informing teachers and practitioners involved in the delivery of alcohol and drug education and prevention (Mentor-ADEPIS)
Resettlement provision for adult offenders: Accommodation and education, training and employment (September 2014)
The report follows a cohort of 80 offenders from prison through the gate into the community and identifies their accommodation and occupation status shortly before release, on release and one and six months later (HM Inspectorate of Prisons, HM Inspectorate of Probation and Ofsted)
CQC sets out new plans for inspecting substance misuse services (September 2014)
At the heart of the new approach is our commitment to tailor inspections to the issues that matter to people using substance misuse services. The way we regulate these services will reflect national policy priorities for substance misuse (Care Quality Commission)
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