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STUDY 2010 HTM file
The National Drug Related Deaths Database (Scotland) report 2009

New database offering in-depth information on drug deaths in Scotland reveals that 60% of cases had been in contact with drug treatment services, nearly 40% in the past six months, suggesting that there had been chances to intervene which for these patients had been insufficient to avoid death.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Race and the European criminal justice system: the position of visible minority drug users in the European criminal justice system

UK-based audit of race equality practice in seven European nations based on interviews with staff, service users and prisoners or ex-prisoners reveals that responses are 'colour-coded' even if not overtly racist. Recommendations are made for practice improvements.

DOCUMENT 2010 HTM file
The Patel report: Reducing drug-related crime and rehabilitating offenders

Investigation and recommendations from an expert group on drug treatment and interventions for people in prison in England calls for a clear focus on recovery and for the commissioning and coordination measures needed to improve outcomes without extra resources.

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

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.

STUDY 2006 PDF file 159Kb
Integrated care for dual diagnosis patients betters parallel provision

This rare test of truly integrated substance use and mental health care for severely mentally ill patients found it cut subsequent psychiatric and legal crises. Even where full integration is not possible, the same principles could improve the work of mental health and addiction services.

STUDY 2009 HTM file
Review of the Glasgow & Fife drug courts

For Britain, US-inspired drug courts seemed a way to meld justice with treatment in to a more powerful anti-crime force than looser liaisons. But this Scottish study found no detectable anti-crime benefit; instead the main impact seems to have been to substantially raise costs.

STUDY 2005 PDF file 103Kb
Offenders do better in treatment if sanctions credible and clear

Offenders in New York ordered to the same residential therapeutic communities stayed longer and later committed fewer crimes if sent by criminal justice programmes which had credible sanctions and ensured offenders understand these and knew they were being monitored.

REVIEW 2007 HTM file
Drug law enforcement: a review of the evaluation literature

Rare review of enforcement tactics concludes that proactive interventions involving partnerships between the police and third parties and/or community entities have the greatest research backing, but also that the evidence base is poor and sparse.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 156Kb
Prison treatment in Scotland fails to impress

The first published findings from the national Scottish drug treatment evaluation highlighted the relative inadequacy and ineffectiveness of treatment inside as opposed to outside prison.

IN PRACTICE 2004 PDF file 418Kb
Giving the silent majority a voice

Constrained by guidelines and standards, a UK prescribing service could do little to respond to user survey feedback.


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