Adults and young people receiving specialist interventions for drugs and alcohol misuse in secure settings in England: data for 2015-16

Public Health England, January 2017

The first annual report show that there were 60,254 adults (18 and over) in contact with drug and alcohol services in secure settings during 2015-16.

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Drug misuse treatment in England: evidence review of outcomes

Public Health England, January 2017

This review gives policy makers and local areas an objective assessment of what drug treatment outcomes are achievable, and compares outcomes in England to the evidence and to other drug treatment systems

It reviews the impact of housing problems, unemployment and social deprivation on treatment engagement and outcomes. The review also considers how drug treatment will need to be configured to meet future need and recommends an appropriate set of measures or indicator for treatment evaluation.

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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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Understanding and preventing drug-related deaths: the report of a national expert working group to investigate drug-related deaths in England

Public Health England, September 2016

This report makes recommendations towards addressing the rising number of people dying from drug misuse in England and highlights a number of principles for action by local authorities, drug treatment providers and partner organisations. The national expert working group advocates a whole-system approach to substance abuse treatment and a personalised approach which is tailored to patient needs.

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New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) resource pack

Home Office, August 2016

This NPS (New Psychoactive Substances) resource pack helps educators and practitioners who work with young people discuss NPS and prevent and challenge drug-taking behaviour. It has been created alongside drug treatment partners.

The pack includes:

  • facts and information about NPS
  • advice on intervention
  • references for further help and information


Click here to download the pack.

Taking a new line on drugs

Royal Society for Public Health, June 2016

In their new report ‘Taking a new line on drugs’ the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) call for a holistic public health-led approach to drugs policy rather than one reliant on the criminal justice system.  Key recommendations in the report include; transferring lead responsibility for UK illegal drugs strategy to the Department of Health, and more closely aligning this with alcohol and tobacco strategies; the provision of  universal Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education in UK schools, with evidence-based drugs education as a mandatory, key component; the creation of  evidence-based drug harm profiles to supplant the existing classification system in informing drug strategy, enforcement priorities, and public health messaging; the decriminalising of personal use and possession of all illegal drugs diverting those whose use is problematic into appropriate support and treatment services instead.

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