Tag Archives: Substance Use

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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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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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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Falling drug use: the impact of treatment

By National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (2013)

This commentary piece accompanies the release of prevelance data on the usage of opiates and crack cocaine. It identifies a shift away from more harmful drugs, particularly amongst younger users and this is mirrored by a fall in the number of people entering treatment for drug dependency.

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Drug treatment 2012: progress made, challenges ahead

By National Treatment Agency for Substance Abuse (2012)

The NTA recently published a report analysing drug trends data for adult drug treatment. The report reflects long-term drug use and addiction trends amongst adults in England and shows that prospects for people starting treatment today are better than ever.

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A fresh approach to drugs

By UK Drug Policy Commission (2012)

In this report, UKDPC proposes a radical rethink of how we structure our response to drug problems. It provides an analysis of the evidence for how policies and interventions could be improved, with recommendations for policymakers and practitioners to address the new and established challenges associated with drug use. UKDPC aims to foster a fresh approach to drug policy: one in which evidence takes priority, creating light rather than heat in the debate on drugs, so that we can create an environment that works to reduce dependence on drugs, safeguards communities and delivers value for money.

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The role of housing in drugs recovery: a practice compendium

By The Chartered Institute for Housing (September 2012)

The Department for Communities and Local Government has worked with the Recovery Partnership and local drugs and alcohol treatment teams to support the development of a series of case studies which highlight local activities to assist recovery through housing support.

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