The latest statistical report on drugs misuse is available, the presentation slides can be downloaded from NHS Digital.
The statistics are also available in a table here
NHS Digital | Statistics on Drugs Misuse
Shooting Up: infections among people who inject drugs in the UK | Public Health England
This latest report provides an overview of infections among people who inject drugs in the UK. It focuses on infections among people who inject psychoactive drugs. The accompanying documents include a briefing for directors of public health, commissioners and service providers in England.
This briefing looks at the quality and safety of clinics offering residential services for people withdrawing from drugs or alcohol | Care Quality Commission (CQC)
The Care Quality Commission has published Substance misuse services: the quality and safety of residential detoxification. This briefing examines the quality and safety of clinics offering residential services for people withdrawing from drugs or alcohol. It outlines concerns identified during CQC inspections and gives an example of good practice, as well as actions and recommendations.
The briefing reported a number of concerns. Many of the clinics were not:
The CQC also found that nearly three in four providers failed in at least one of the fundamental standards of care that everyone has the right to expect, whilst almost two-thirds of providers were not meeting the requirement for providing safe care and treatment.
This report contains results from a survey of secondary school pupils in England in years 7 to 11. 12,051 pupils in 177 schools completed questionnaires in the autumn term of 2016. | NHS Digital
This survey report presents information on the percentage of pupils who have ever smoked, tried alcohol or taken drugs and their attitudes towards these behaviours. It also includes breakdowns by age, gender, ethnicity and region.
Other areas covered include the use of new psychoactive substances (also known as legal highs), beliefs about drinking, whether pupils had ever got drunk and consequences of drinking. Questions on the use of nitrous oxide have also been asked for the first time.
Report re-affirms how important drug treatment is in cutting crime, as well as preventing alcohol and drug-related deaths and helping people recover from dependence. | Ministry of Justice | Public Health England
In England, almost 300,000 adults get help for drug and alcohol dependency each year. Most people receiving drug treatment are addicted to heroin or crack cocaine, or both, and many commit crimes to fund their addiction.
New analysis published last week by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has added to the evidence of how alcohol and drug treatment can help to prevent crime.
The analysis revealed that:
Full story at Public Health England
Guidance for commissioners, providers and clinicians on the roles of nurses in alcohol and drug treatment in England. | Public Health England
This resource describes the many potential roles of nurses in alcohol and drug treatment in England to help commissioners and providers of specialist adult alcohol and drug treatment services to recruit the right workforce to meet local needs.
The document outlines:
Annually updated alcohol, drugs and tobacco commissioning support pack for local authorities | Public Health England
This commissioning support pack will help local authorities to develop joint strategic needs assessment and local joint health and wellbeing strategies which effectively address public health issues relating to alcohol, drug and tobacco use.
The pack covers 4 topics, which are:
For each of these topics, there are:
Documents available via Public Health England