Drug and Alcohol Misuse

This report summarises the results of the third and final sweep of a study to estimate the prevalence of ‘problem drug use’ (defined as use of opiates and/or crack cocaine) nationally (England only), regionally, and locally. An overview of national and Government Office Region estimates are presented in this report, as are comparisons with the estimates produced by the second (2005/06) sweep of the study.

This resource is a summary of a research report into the Tayside Domestic Abuse and Substance Misuse Project. The findings presented in this report include a review of the literature on the links between domestic abuse and substance misuse, and secondary analysis of service user questionnaires, interviews with service users and interviews with domestic abuse and substance misuse service providers.

This blog is written by David Clark, director of Wired In, an organisation that empowers individuals, families and communities to tackle substance use problems, encouraging and enabling people to find their path to recover. This page of the blog contains background briefings.

English National Evaluation fails to support Drug Education Programme. In the British context, it was expected to decide whether an evidence-based, well structured and well resourced drug education programme could contribute to reducing youth substance use, yet the multi-million pound Blueprint study never got near fulfilling its promise. Though nothing definitive could be concluded from the study, signs were that in both knowledge and prevention terms, the lessons were not an advance on routine personal, social and health education.

Research into the effects of user involvement on treatment is finding that it makes people feel helped - but not drug-free.

IHRA is the leading organisation in promoting evidence based harm reduction policies and practices on a global basis for all psychoactive substances (including illicit drugs, tobacco and alcohol).

The notion that effective professionals are those that can think systematically and critically about their own work, and use this to develop is now well established under the broad title “Reflective Practice”. There is an expectation of workers by most employers that they reflect upon their practice, and this often forms an important element of Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Document that presents findings from a literature review conducted as part of a larger research study to examine the nature and effectiveness of current drug education practice in Scottish schools.

The research is being conducted to help identify what more needs to be done to promote effective school drug education in Scotland.