Drugs: the complete collection
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All Effectiveness Bank analyses to date of documents related to use and problem use of illegal drugs starting with the analyses most recently added or updated, totalling today 815 documents.

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REVIEW 2010 HTM file
Drugs, crime and public health: the political economy of drug policy

Stevens A.
Routledge-Cavendish, 2010.
Book which includes a critique of the evidence that crime reduction measures featuring coerced treatment for offenders have reduced overall crime levels in Britain and more generally of the use of evidence in policymaking, based partly on observations made while the author was a government adviser.

DOCUMENT 2010 HTM file
Drug Strategy 2010. Reducing Demand, Restricting Supply, Building Recovery: Supporting People to Live a Drug Free Life

HM Government.
HM Government, 2010.
2010 English national drug strategy: "A fundamental difference [from] those that have gone before is that instead of focusing primarily on reducing the harms caused by drug misuse, [we will] go much further and offer every support for people to choose recovery as an achievable way out of dependency."

REVIEW 2006 PDF file 856Kb
Case management

Vanderplasschen W, Rapp RC, Wolf JR, Broekaert E.
in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
An expert Euro-US collaboration led by Wouter Vanderplasschen from Belgium examines what in Britain is now seen as the core mechanism for transforming isolated episodes of care into coherently staged and comprehensive reintegration programmes.

STUDY 2006 PDF file 114Kb
Self-help groups: transformation from helped to helper promotes recovery

Pagano ME, Friend KB, Tonigan JS, Stout RL.
in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Two US studies of drinkers and cocaine dependents respectively suggest that an identity transformation from someone capable only of receiving help to someone who makes a contribution by helping others is key to the impact of 12-step mutual groups.

STUDY 2006 PDF file 108Kb
1 in a 100 chance of dying after treatment with heroin-blocking drug

Amy Gibson Louisa Degenhardt
in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
In Australia heroin-addicted patients trying to avoid relapse by taking the opiate-blocking drug naltrexone had at least a 1 in a 100 chance of dying within three months, usually from overdose in the weeks after treatment ended; the true figure may have been as high as 8 in a 100.

STUDY 2006 PDF file 111Kb
Lessons of failure of Scottish scheme to link released prisoners to services

Rhoda MacRae Gill McIvor Margaret Malloch Monica Barry Lorraine Murray
in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
From 2001 an innovative Scottish scheme aimed to seamlessly link problem drug users released from prison to the services they needed to stay out of trouble; its failure shows how intensive and systematic such attempts must be to overcome logistical barriers and motivate the offender.

OFFCUT 2006 PDF file 137Kb
Gaps in British harm reduction defences permit minor resurgence in HIV infection

Ashton M. Hope V.D. Health Protection Agency
in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Gaps in harm reduction defences are permitting a minor resurgence in HIV infection in Britain and continued high rate of spread of hepatitis C; each year of the 2000s injectors were two to three times more likely to be infected with HIV than in the mid-90s.

OFFCUT 2006 PDF file 125Kb
Impulse smoking cessation resolutions twice as likely to stick as planned

Cutler R.B. Sobell L. West R. Matzger H. Witkiewitz K.
in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
The popular cycle of change model offers one way to envision intentional change but that is not the only or the most lasting way addiction is resolved; seemingly sudden conversions to abstinence are common and lead to more lasting remission.

STUDY 2006 PDF file 139Kb
1 out of 61 hepatitis C positive treatment clients starts medical treatment

Irving WL, Smith S, Cater R, Pugh S, Neal K, Coupland CAC, Ryder SD,Thomson BJ, Pringle M, Bicknell M, Hippisley-Cox J.
in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Despite testing positive for hepatitis C at a laboratory in Nottingham, just 1 out the 61 patients whose tests were requested by a drug or alcohol service ended up receiving treatment from six months to two and a half years after diagnosis, a dramatic failure to respond to the disease.

STUDY 2006 PDF file 106Kb
Improving continuity of care in a public addiction treatment system with clinical case management

McLellan AT, Weinstein RL, Shen Q, Kendig C, Levine M.
in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
In Philadelphia intensive case management created the kind of post-detoxification continuity of care which dramatically cut repeated admissions for detoxification, increased the numbers able to be treated, and offered patients a better chance of gaining lasting stability.

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