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Specialist substance misuse treatment for young people in England 2013-14

By Public Health England (2015)

This report contains the latest statistics on specialist substance misuse treatment for young people in England during 2013 to 2014.

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Alcohol, drugs and tobacco joint strategic needs assessment support pack

By Public Health England (October 2014)

This support pack aims to help local areas develop joint strategic needs assessments and local joint health and wellbeing strategies that effectively address public health issues relating to alcohol, drug and tobacco use. It consists of eight resources covering young people’s substance misuse and adult alcohol, drug and, for the first time in 2014, tobacco use. For each topic area there are good practice evidence-based prompts to support local areas to assess need, plan and commission effective services and interventions. The second component for each topic is a bespoke data pack for every local authority to support needs assessment and commissioning.

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Quality standards for effective alcohol and drug education

ADEPIS (Alcohol & Drug Education & Prevention Information Service) (2014)

The standards – comprising statements explaining the criteria for meeting each requirement – are coupled with the following supporting tools: further reading and resources; examples of how standards might be evidenced; self assessment forms. These standards have drawn on existing national and international guidance as well as examples of good practice in alcohol and drug education and prevention. The set of standards include: delivering effective alcohol and drug education in the classroom as part of a planned PSHE programme; school context for effective alcohol and drug education; staff policies and safeguarding.

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State of the sector 2013

By DrugScope (2014)

This report contains the findings from a survey of nearly 170 drug and alcohol services, from across England’s four PHE regions. Amongst its findings, it reports that the picture on engagement with health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) and Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) is mixed, with positive examples, but other services reporting a lack of engagement; 35 per cent of drug and alcohol services surveyed reported a decrease in funding, against 20 per cent reporting an increase and 33 per cent no change; and almost half reported that they were employing fewer frontline staff and 6 out of 10 services reported an increase in the use of volunteers.

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WHO MiNDbank

By World Health Organisation (2013)

This database presents a range of information about mental health, substance abuse, disability, human rights and the different policies, strategies, laws and service standards being implemented in different countries. Users can review policies, laws and strategies and search for best practices and success stories in the field of mental health.

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Alcohol and drugs: JSNA support pack

By Public Health England (2013)

In April 2013, local authorities became responsible for commissioning drug and alcohol prevention, treatment and recovery services for adults and young people. For those people that have become dependent on drugs and alcohol, the aim is for them to recover from their dependency, to be in employment, have stable accommodation, look after their families, and cease committing crime. Effective approaches to tackling substance misuse requires partnership working across local authorities, health bodies, criminal justice agencies, housing and employment services. The Alcohol and drugs: JSNA support pack has been developed to support the joint strategic needs assessment process and local joint health and wellbeing strategies.

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No quick fix: exposing the depth of Britain’s drug and alcohol problem

By The Centre for Social Justice (2013)

This report lays bare the reality of substance abuse and addiction in Britain today. This ongoing challenge affects millions of people and has huge costs. Alcohol abuse costs taxpayers £21 billion a year and drugs £15 billion. While costs matter, it is the human consequences that present the real tragedy. The abuse of substances is a pathway to poverty and can lead to family breakdown and child neglect, homelessness, crime, debt, and long-term worklessness. From its impact on children to its consequences for those in later life, addiction destroys lives, wrecks families and blights communities.

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