Health – drugs

Black Sheep: An Investigation into Existing Support for Problematic Cannabis Use, 2017, (PDF)
Cannabis is a neglected drug in public health discourses, a reality which is at odds with the growing number of people in England who are now seeking support for problematic cannabis use. The disparity of how cannabis is prioritised by drug and alcohol service providers, wider community services, local authority commissioners and public health bodies has limited the amount of support available and impeded quality | Volte Face, UK

Reducing opioid-related deaths in the UK, 2016
This independent report by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs investigates the increase of drug-related deaths in the UK | ACMD, UK

Dual Dilemma The impact of living with mental health issues combined with drug and alcohol misuse (PDF) 2016
This report focuses on those with mental health issues who also misuse drugs and/or alcohol. It relates to any severity of mental health, drug and alcohol problems | Turning point, UK

Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales: 2015 registrations, 2016
This bulletin presents the latest update on deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales by cause of death, sex, age and substances involved in the death. A backseries of data from 1993 is also included in this publication. While overall drug use continues to decline, new official statistics show a further rise in deaths for 2015, to the highest number ever recorded (2,300). Registrations of drug misuse deaths in England increased by 8.5% in 2015, following an increase of 17% in 2014 and 21% in 2013 | ONS, UK

Understanding and preventing drug-related deaths The report of a national expert working group to investigate drug-related deaths in England (PDF), 2016
Public Health England shared the concerns of others at the continued rise in drug-related deaths reported in 2015. As a result, PHE convened a national inquiry in partnership with the Local Government Association to investigate the causes of the rise and what could be done to prevent future premature deaths | PHE, UK

Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2015, 2016
Based on the definition used for these statistics, 706 drug-related deaths were registered in Scotland in 2015, 93 (15 per cent) more than in 2014. This was the largest number ever recorded, and 370 (110 per cent) higher than in 2005 | NRScotland, UK

Dual Dilemma 2016 (PDF)
The impact of living with mental health issues combined with drug and alcohol misuse | Turning Point, UK

Trends in drug misuse deaths in England, 1999 to 2014, 2016 (PDF)
PHE’s updated analysis of trends in drug misuse deaths in England. The report also shows the results of matching data on drug misuse deaths to drug treatment data to explore the timing of drug misuse deaths in relation to treatment | PHE, UK

The health and social effects of nonmedical cannabis use, 2016
Cannabis is globally the most commonly used psychoactive substance under international control. In 2013, an estimated 181.8 million people aged 15-64 years used cannabis for nonmedical purposes globally (uncertainty estimates 128.5–232.1 million) (UNODC, 2015). There is an increasing demand of treatment for cannabis use disorders and associated health conditions in high- and middle-income countries, and there has been increased attention to the public health aspects of cannabis use and related disorders in international drug policy dialogues. This publication builds on contributions from a broad range of experts and researchers from different parts of the world. It aims to present the current knowledge on the impact of nonmedical cannabis use on health | WHO, Switzerland

Drug related deaths summit 2015 (PDF) 
Registrations of drug misuse deaths reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for 2013 in England increased by over 20%, with an even higher increase for heroin-related deaths. This reverses a trend of declining drug-related deaths over recent years and is a cause for concern among a wide range of stakeholders in the fields of drug and alcohol treatment, policy and research. DrugScope, Public Health England (PHE) and the Local Government Association (LGA) convened a national summit on 23 January 2015 to explore the complex causes behind the rise in deaths and produce practical messages for key decision makers who can help prevent future drug-related deaths. This note captures the main points in the discussion at the summit | DrugScope, UK