System launched to help tackle harms from new psychoactive substances

Public Health England, March 2017

Public Health England (PHE) in collaboration with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is piloting a national system to help better monitor the negative effects of new psychoactive substances and share best treatment practice across a variety of settings, including A&E, sexual health clinics, mental health services, prison health services, drug treatment services and GP surgeries.

The UK-wide, easy to use Report Illicit Drug Reaction (RIDR) system will be accessible to all front line health staff. Information about the drug and its effects will be recorded anonymously using an online portal. Data from the tool will be analysed by experts to identify patterns of symptoms and harms. This will be used to inform treatment guidance and help staff deal more quickly with unknown substances, and improve patient safety.

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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.