10 things about alcohol and other drugs you may have missed October 2014

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10 things about alcohol and other drugs you may have missed October 2014 Andrew Brown Director of Policy, Influence and Engagement DrugScope @andrewbrown365

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Funding intentions of drug and alcohol commissioners for 2014/15 and 2015/16 36% of councils are planning to reduce or change funding levels for drug and alcohol services over the next two financial years. Source: Review of Drug and Alcohol Commissioning; A joint review conducted by Public Health England and the Association of Directors of Public Health. (Public Health England 2014)

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Adjusted counts for HIV diagnoses caused by probable exposure through injecting drug use, by year of diagnosis Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hiv-data-tables

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Number of people receiving care for HIV infections There were 112 new cases of HIV infection observed in the UK in 2013 where exposure was as a result of injecting drug use. This is only 2% of the total number of new infections for the year. The majority of new infection are attributed to sexual contacts (54% from sex between men, and 42% from heterosexual contact). Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hiv-data-tables

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in five adults aged 16 and over were smokers in 2012 One Source: Statistics on Smoking, England – 2014 (HSCIC 2014)

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One in four new Europol cases initiated in 2013 were drug related There were 18,310 new Europol cases initiated in 2013 (an increase of 15% on the previous year). Of which one in four were drug related – the largest category, followed by fraud and swindling (16%) robbery (12%), money laundering (11%) and illegal immigration (9%). Source: Europol Review 2013: General Report On Europol Activities

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Length of time in prescribing for clients in continuous prescribing treatment Source: http://www.nta.nhs.uk/statistics.aspx

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Thinking about the offence(s) that you committed in the 12 months before you came into custody... Source: Gender differences in substance misuse and mental health amongst prisoners Results from the Surveying Prisoner Crime Reduction (SPCR) longitudinal cohort study of prisoners “A high level of prisoners report a problem with substance misuse. In the SPCR survey 64% reported using drugs and 22% said they drank alcohol every day in the month prior to custody: both these groups had a higher reconviction rate. Those with substance misuse issues have also been found to be more likely to have accommodation needs.” Resettlement provision for adult offenders: Accommodation and education, training and employment , A joint thematic review by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, HM Inspectorate of Probation and Ofsted (2014)

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Number of women and children accessing domestic abuse services between 2007/08 and 2011/12, Women’s Aid Annual Survey “In terms of domestic abuse, research typically finds that between 25% and 50% of perpetrators have been drinking at the time of assault, although in some studies the figure is as high as 73%.” Source: Alcohol, Domestic Abuse And Sexual Assault, Institute of Alcohol Studies (2014)

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The proportion of single homeless people reporting that they... … take drugs or are in recovery … have or are recovering from an alcohol problem Source: Homeless Link and St Mungo’s Broadway (2014) Needs to know: Including single homelessness in Joint Strategic Needs Assessments http://www.homeless.org.uk/sites/default/files/site-attachments/20141009%20Needs_to_Know_Report_2014_Final.pdf