drug misuse

This review examines the impact of drug use upon families and carers and identifies their needs. It examines and describes the range of provision and methods of addressing the needs of families and carers. It gives particular attention to the development of family support groups. It also offers information about resources available to agencies, service providers and family support groups.

This is the second in a series of guides on developing and implementing Integrated Care Pathways (ICPs). This guide identifies the steps involved in developing an ICP and examines each process in more detail.

It is aimed at anyone involved in commissioning, planning, developing, delivering and evaluating services for drug users.

Cross-government website for drug professionals and anyone interested in the national drug strategy.

In December 2002, the Government launched the Updated Drug Strategy 2002. This built upon, and adapted the Government's Drug Strategy Tackling Drugs to Build a Better Britain, launched in 1998. Aiming to reduce the harm that drugs cause to society - communities, individuals and their families - the Drug Strategy has four main elements: young people, reducing supply, communities, treatment.

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 defines schizophrenia and includes a list of facts, information about signs and symptoms, recovery, stigma related to schizophrenia and a list of useful contacts.

Report presenting the findings of a survey of injecting equipment provision (IEP) to injecting drug users in Scotland. The survey's aims were to construct an up-to-date, accurate picture of services providing injecting equipment and provide evidence on which to base recommendations on establishing a system for regular collection of data on injecting equipment.

This is a report of an inquiry by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs in June 2003. It examines how problem drug users with parental responsibilities harm their children's health and well being. It is estimated that there are more than 250,000 children affected in the United Kingdom. The inquiry considers what is presently being done and what could be done in the future to reduce the number of children in this situation.

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.

This is the second evaluation guide in the Effective Interventions Unit Evaluation series. This guide aims to explain the planning stage of an evaluation by describing the steps necessary in planning both an intervention and an associated evaluation, identifying some general questions to address when planning an intervention, and outlining some questions that evaluations commonly tackle.

To help illustrate the main points in this guide, an example of a fictitious outreach needle exchange service is used.