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STUDY 2006 PDF file 196Kb
Patient-focused alcohol treatment aids wives and children too
Whether families benefit from alcohol treatment as well as the patients has rarely been studied. This US analysis demonstrated that they do, positioning alcohol treatment as also contributing to child and family welfare objectives.
STUDY 2005 PDF file 140Kb
Flexible DTTOs do most to cut crime
More flexible supervision requirements and more methadone treatment may account for why treatment-based court orders are completed far more often in Scotland than in England, improving recidivism rates.
OFFCUT 2005 PDF file 98Kb
Crime and disorder partnerships yet to commit to tackling alcohol
When in 2001/02 the Home Office analysed the plans of crime and disorder reduction partnerships in England and Wales they found most linked alcohol to violence and disorder or anti-social behaviour, but few prioritised tackling the link or set explicit targets.
STUDY 2005 PDF file 153Kb
Communities can reduce drink-driving deaths
A multi-million dollar attempt to equip US communities to tackle substance misuse only succeeded in reducing alcohol-related traffic deaths when treatment initiatives were supplemented by measures to limit the availability of alcohol.
STUDY 2005 PDF file 104Kb
US study finds penalties for drug dealing near schools fail to shift dealers
For over a decade many US states have mandated especially severe penalties for drug dealing near schools. Just as the UK started down the same route, the only US study of the effectiveness of this strategy found it did nothing to drive dealing away from schools.
STUDY 2005 PDF file 107Kb
UK prison drug testing deters cannabis use more than heroin use
Interviews with prisoners in England and Wales and trends in positive prison drug tests appeared to confirm concerns that testing would lead prisoners to replace cannabis with heroin because heroin is detectable in urine for a far shorter time.
STUDY 2005 PDF file 108Kb
Feedback to police and licensees helps cut alcohol-related violence and crime
Asking alcohol-related offenders where they last drank enabled police to target licensed premises associated with alcohol-related crime. After a trial showed it was feasible and reduced alcohol-related incidents, the system was implemented across New South Wales.
STUDY 2004 PDF file 167Kb
Police and licensees working together curb violent incidents in Cardiff
A multi-agency project led by police focused on improving the management of licensed premises and modifying violence-generating features of the nighttime city centre. The result was to curb the rise in violence seen elsewhere in Wales.
STUDY 2004 PDF file 241Kb
British study queries use of sniffer dogs to detect pupils' drug use
An evaluation commissioned by Bedfordshire Police concluded that walking secondary school pupils past police sniffer dogs trained to identify drug residues increased the costs and risks of police visits to school but added little in the way of benefits.
STUDY 2003 PDF file 130Kb
What happens when heroin supplies dry up?
The 2001 'heroin drought' in Australia can be seen as a test of what might happen if enforcement authorities dramatically reduced heroin supplies in a country with a thriving heroin market patronised by an established population of heroin addicts.
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