Addiction and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe Reframing Addictions Project (ALICE RAP)

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A five-year European research project that analyses the challenges posed by addictive legal and illegal substances and lifestyles to the cohesion, organisation and functioning of contemporary Eu­ropean society. The project is divided into seven areas and 21 work packages (three in each area), making up an integrated multidisciplinary research strategy encompassing his­tory of addiction, classification and definition of addic­tions, policy analyses, the business of addiction, youth as customers, the impacts of new technologies on use, the interrelations of culture and biology and many other areas. The results of the research, conferences and meetings are publicly available on the project’s web­page.

Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

Organisation: Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs
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Policy reports and circulars from the ACMD on (a) synthetic opioid known as MT-45;  (b) synthetic stimulant known as 4,4’-DMAR; (c) the evidence of misuse and harm in relation to the NBOMe compounds; and (d) the harms associated with the misuse of ketamine, an anaesthetic and analgesic. See also Circular 001/2015: A Change to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971: control of AH-7921, LSD–related compounds, tryptamines, and re-scheduling of GHB.

Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Health: Current Evidence

Organisation: Boston Medical Center produced in cooperation with the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health
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 A free online newsletter from the Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine summarizing the latest clinically relevant research on alcohol, illicit drugs, and health. Through summaries of important alcohol and other drug research published in peer-reviewed journals, downloadable teaching presentations, free CME credit for physicians, and feature articles on substance-abuse research ethics, the newsletter provides valuable information to improve clinical teaching, practice, and research. The newsletter also includes a dedicated section on HIV/HCV as it relates to alcohol and other drug use.

British Medical Association Report on Drugs of Dependence

Organisation: British Medical Association
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Examines the international evidence and legislative frameworks across the world as part of its assertion that current UK drug policy should be explored, and that health should be at the centre of the debate. It collates and analyses the evidence relating to drug dependency, including the scale of the problem; treatment and medical management; the development of UK drug policy over time, including the legal framework underpinning the current approach; and the role of healthcare professionals in tackling the problem. It concludes that drug dependency is a medical condition as well as a legal problem and that alternatives to the current approach to UK drug policy should focus on health.

Cannabis Cohort Research Consortium (CCRC)

Organisation: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW, Australia

The Cannabis Cohort Research Consortium (CCRC) is led from Australia and it started from the need to addressquestions about the relationship between cannabis, other drug use, life-course outcomes and mental health in children and young adults. The CCRC is a multi-organisational and multi-disciplinary international collaboration of researchers from across the disciplines of psychiatry, psychology, child and adolescent health, cannabis and other substance use, biomedicine, health and development, prevention, intervention and knowledge translation. The Consortium brings together researchers from some of the largest and most prolific longitudinal studies in the world.

Centre for Drug Misuse Research

Organisation: Centre for Drug Misuse Research
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The Centre for Drug Misuse Research (CDMR) specialises in undertaking large and small scale studies in a variety of areas to do with substance use and abuse.


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A global independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making the vast amounts of evidence generated through research useful for informing decisions about health. Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy, and are internationally recognised as the highest standard in evidence-based health care. They investigate the effects of interventions for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. They also assess the accuracy of a diagnostic test for a given condition in a specific patient group and setting. Cochrane Reviews are published online in The Cochrane Library.

College Drinking

Organisation: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

College Drinking: Changing the Culture, created by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) in the USA is a one-stop resource for research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students.

Drug and Alcohol Findings

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Provides new research and its implications for drug and alcohol interventions.

EMCDDA Data on Drugs in Europe

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Data collated by the EMCDDA that cover a broad range of areas including the most recent estimates of treatment and prevalence; drug-related infectious diseases; high risk drug use estimates; levels of drug-related deaths; drug-related crime in the form of drug seizures, types of offence, price, purity and use in prison; and country responses to the drug situation in Europe.


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“EU-MADNESS” stands for “EUropean-wide, Monitoring, Analysis and knowledge Dissemination on Novel/Emerging pSychoactiveS”.  The objective is to develop integrated monitoring and profiling of novel psychoactive substances (NPS) in Europe in order to prevent health harms and update relevant professionals. The project aims to monitor, test, profile, and feed back into education and prevention knowledge relating to the types of NPS emerging, their associated characteristics, and potential harms.

I-Trend (Internet Tools for Research in Europe on New Drugs)

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A European research project (Czech Republic, France, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom) which aims to help prevent health and social harms associated with new/novel psychoactive substances (NPS), or ‘new synthetic drugs’. Using a combination of data sources (e.g. law enforcement seizures, evidence on increased interest in NPS among users, NPS-related fatalities) and consultations with key stakeholders, each country will develop a top list of NPS for in-depth investigation.

Institute of Alcohol Studies

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Institute of Alcohol Studies -public policy issues linked to alcohol, by advocating for the use of scientific evidence in policy-making to reduce alcohol-related harm.

Local Alcohol Profiles for England

Organisation: Public Health England
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An interactive data tool that presents data for 26 alcohol-related indicators. It also provides links to further supporting and relevant information to aid understanding of alcohol-related harm in a local population. A guide can be found here.


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LOCAL PASS (European): A LOCAL approach towards the reduction of PsychoActive Substance uSe. It aims to develop an effective, standardised local system for identification and assessment of new developments in psychoactive substance use and an effective plan for local interventions.

Mortality among drug users in Europe: new and old challenges for public health

Organisation: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

An EMCDDA paper looking at the overall number of lives lost due to drug use across nine European countries. All-cause mortality among problem drug users is investigated by means of cohort studies, which link data from death registries to drug treatment record.

National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT)

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Supports the delivery of effective evidence-based tobacco control programmes and smoking cessation interventions provided by local stop smoking services. It works with and for the field to deliver training and assessment programmes, support services for local and national providers and conduct research into behavioural support for smoking cessation. It provides online training in smoking cessation; smoking data and evidence-based resources.

New Drug Seminars

Organisation: University of Kent

 The University of Kent is running a series of Economic and Social Research Council seminars on new psychoactive drugs. The accompanying website contains news of the seminars, social research, podcasts and briefing papers.

Office for National Statistics: Lifestyle Survey

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A report on cigarette smoking, looking at adults in Great Britain. Provides figures on the proportion who smoke cigarettes by various demographic breakdowns and changes over time. Also covers cigarette consumption and preliminary findings on e-cigarette use.

SALIS (Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists)

Organisation: Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists
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An international association of individuals and organizations with special interests in the exchange and dissemination of information on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD). Resources provided include listings of addiction journals, databases and new books.

Scottish Addiction Studies Library

Organisation: Stirling University
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Provides links to online documents and other addiction databases, including an Instrument Bank. This resource specialises in full-text documents, most of which are available for download.

Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS)

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A Scotland wide survey on smoking, drinking and drug use. It is conducted on a biennial basis, targeting secondary school pupils in local authority and independent schools. Latest report published November 2014

Specialist substance misuse treatment for young people in England, 2013 to 2014

Organisation: Public Health England
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Report published January 2015 that contains the latest statistics on specialist substance misuse treatment for young people in England during 2013 and 2014. Data show that specialist substance misuse services in England continue to respond well to the needs of young people with alcohol and drug problems. Headline figures show 19,126 young people received help for alcohol or drug problems, with 71% having cannabis as their main problem drug; 79% of young people left services having successfully completed their treatment.

Statistical bulletin: Adult Drinking Habits in Great Britain, 2013

Organisation: Office for National Statistics

Figures from the Office National Statistics show that between 2005 and 2013 there was a small but gradual increase, from 19% to 21%, in the proportion of adults who said that they do not drink alcohol at all (teetotallers), with a fall also in binge drinking

The Brief Addiction Science Information Source (BASIS)

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Provides information related to addiction and public access to the latest scientific developments and resources in the field.


Organisation: Treattobacco
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Provides evidence-based data for the treatment of tobacco dependence, with links to Cochrane Reviews.