drug misuse

Drugs research: an overview of evidence and questions for policy

In 2001, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation embarked upon a unique and challenging programme of research that explored the problem of illicit drugs in the UK. The research addressed many questions that were often too sensitive for the government to tackle. In many cases, these studies represented the first research on these issues and the policy implications have been far-reaching. This report outlines the results of the largest independent programme of drugs research of its kind within the UK.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation: publications

Website resource with links to an A-Z list of Joseph Rowntree Foundation publications. Resources range from education, training and employment, housing and communities and social problems, to health and care, involvement and engagement, and arts, culture and technology.

The Strategic Isolation of the Brittish Drugs Field and new Recovery Philosophy

In March 2008, a new 10 year national drugs strategy document was published: Drugs: protecting families and communities. This new drug strategy presents an agenda which strongly reinforces the main points of the last strategy with its emphasis on crime reduction and community safety. Like its predecessor, it says less about individual health and social outcomes. In the same month the United Kingdom Drug Policy Commission, (UKDPC), an independent think tank, published a major report on the drugs strategy and its key focus criminal justice.

Women and cocaine (Radio 4 series: Woman's Hour)

This episode of Radio 4's Woman's Hour series looks at why drug addiction is on the increase. The number of women taking drugs has always lagged behind the number of men, but research shows that the ratio of girls to boys aged just 11 who've admitted using drugs is roughly the same. It's also claimed that the number of children placed on the child protection register because their parents have a drugs problem now exceeds those children listed because their parents drink.

Drugs in the family: the impact on parents and siblings

An exploration of the impact which one son or daughter with a drug problem can have on the rest of the family.

National Forum on Drug Related Deaths in Scotland: Annual Report 2008-09

This is the second report from the National Forum on Drug-related Deaths. The drug death statistics published each year in the General Register of Scotland (GROS) report are fundamental to the work of the National Forum. This year the GROS report was more detailed than ever before. The report confirmed a disappointing but not unexpected trend.

Drug testing in the workplace: Summary conclusions of the Independent Inquiry into Drug Testing at Work

The report of an independent Inquiry examining what role, if any, drug testing should play in the workplace. The Independent Inquiry into Drug Testing at Work - set up in 2002 - brought together a distinguished body of commissioners to examine the evidence relating to drug testing at work in the UK. Its establishment followed the rapid expansion of workplace drug testing in the United States and growing evidence that drug testing companies were expanding their operations in the UK.

Not in front of the children (IN Drink and Drugs News)

The government’s updated alcohol strategy, Safe, Sensible, Social aims to reduce the number of under-18s who drink and the amount they drink. But Alcohol Concern found that many children are being openly influenced by alcohol advertising during their favourite programmes, as explained by Don Shenker in this article.

Drug-related deaths in Scotland 2007

This was an annual paper, which provided statistics of drug-related deaths that were registered in Scotland over the period from 1996 to 2007. The figures were produced using a definition of "drug-related deaths" which was introduced in 2001 for the "baseline" figures for the UK Drugs Strategy.