Drug safety testing at festivals and night clubs

Royal Society for Public Health, June 2017

This policy paper looks at how health harm related to drug use, particularly from stimulant ‘club drugs’ such as ecstasy, can be minimised in night clubs and music festivals.  Drug safety testing pilots at two UK festivals in 2016 saw almost one in five users (18%) dispose of their drugs once aware of the content.  The paper calls for the roll out of drug safety testing facilities as standard in the UK across all festivals, city centre nightlife areas in the UK and as a client service at drug treatment services.

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European Drug Report 2017: Trends and Developments

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, June 2017

This Trends and Developments report presents a top-level overview of the drug phenomenon in Europe, covering drug supply, use and public health problems as well as drug policy and responses. Together with the online Statistical Bulletin, Country Drug Reports and Perspectives on Drugs, it makes up the 2017 European Drug Report package.

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Drug and alcohol addiction, and obesity: effects on employment outcomes

Department for Work and Pensions, December 2016

The government asked Professor Dame Carol Black to undertake an independent review into how best to support people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs, or are obese, to start, return or remain in work.

This review provides an evidence-based analysis of the factors that stand in the way of employment and recommends practical interventions to help overcome them.

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Cards on the table: the cost to government associated with people who are problem gamblers in Britain

GambleAware, December 2016

A new report commissioned by GambleAware and completed by the Institute for Public Policy Research estimates that problem gamblers cost the government between £260 million and £1.2 billion per year. The research highlights which parts of government absorb the worst of the costs of gambling-related harm including health, welfare and employment, housing and criminal justice.

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How can opioid substitution therapy be optimised to maximise recovery outcomes for service users?

Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, October 2015

The Inter-ministerial Group on Drugs posed questions to the ACMD Recovery Committee following on-going concerns about the perceived limited progress of heroin users in opioid substitution therapy towards achieving recovery outcomes – especially overcoming dependence on opioids.

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