substance misuse

Review of the effectiveness of treatment for alcohol problems

This review is a critical appraisal of the evidence base for the treatments available for people with alcohol problems. The review covers interventions ranging from simple advice and mutual aid to intensive specialist treatment. It has been written to inform Models of Care for Alcohol Misusers (MoCAM), which provides a model framework and standards for the commissioning and development of local integrated treatment systems for alcohol misuse.

Substance use during pregnancy: time for policy to catch up with research

The purpose of this review is to summarize policy research findings in the area of maternal prenatal substance abuse to (1) inform and advance this field, (2) identify future research needs, (3) inform policy making and (4) identify implications for policy. As a review, this is a systematic analysis of existing data (findings) on maternal drug use during pregnancy for determining the best policy among the alternatives for dealing with drug using mothers and their children.

National Drug Evidence Centre (NDEC)

The National Drug Evidence Centre (NDEC, formerly Drug Misuse Research Unit) has long established expertise in drug misuse prevalence work, evaluative and outcomes research, the use of epidemiological indicators, and information in evidence based policy making. Senior staff are involved in national policy initiatives and in provision of advice regarding health care and criminal justice responses. NDEC is one of the leading units in the country engaged in research in the area of drug misuse.

How to build an international network for education and training in harm reduction strategies and approaches: plans for preparing an evidence-based curriculum

A presentation on how to build an international network for education and training in harm reduction strategies and approaches; plans for preparing an evidence-based curriculum.

Drinking in the UK: An exploration of trends

A key part of the Government’s alcohol harm reduction strategy is to monitor changes in drinking habits over time and to identify what factors are potentially contributing to the rising levels of consumption. Reviews research and highlights trends in alcohol consumption over the last 20 to 30 years. A key part of the Government’s alcohol harm reduction strategy is to monitor changes in drinking habits over time and to identify what factors are potentially contributing to the rising levels of consumption.

The Sense of STRADA

STRADA is Scotland’s leading workforce development organisation in the field of substance misuse. This document covers all aspects of STRADA's work including contracted work with the Scottish Government and commissioned learning and development projects.

Young people's specialist substance misuse treatment planning

Example templates of proposed submission and assessment arrangements for young people's commissioners to use in their planning processes. Includes: 1. Young people’s specialist substance misuse treatment planning 2009/10: Guidance notes on planning processes for strategic partnerships. 2. Young people’s specialist substance misuse treatment plan 2009/10. 3.. Planning grids. 4. Expenditure profile.