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Drug Misuse

JSNA Support Packs for Drugs (Adult) (October 2018)

JSNA Support Packs for Young People’s substance misuse (October 2018)

Also, see JSNA Support Packs for Alcohol (December 2017) 

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Healthier Lives: Alcohol & Drugs Profile for Wirral (March 2015)  
Alcohol and drug misuse are widespread throughout our society, and while the number of people with serious problems is relatively small, there is evidence that the impact on people’s lives is increasing. 
This online tool provides key data and information to understand the issues at a local authority level.

Integrated Monitoring System: Annual Report Cheshire and Merseyside (2013/14)
(Produced by Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University)
This publication is the first report for the IMS (Integrated Monitoring System), which includes information previously reported in the “Alcohol Treatment in Cheshire and Merseyside” and IAD (Inter-­-Agency Database) NSP (Needle and Syringe Programme) reports, alongside information on drug and alcohol use in the region.

Drug and Alcohol related Deaths in Wirral: A report for Wirral Public Health Team by Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University (2013).
This report by Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University (2013) Drug and Alcohol - Related Deaths in Wirral: Action Plan Development has highlighted a number of issues that local partners will be considering in their future work to minimise the impacts of drug and alcohol misuse.

Childhood adversity, substance misuse and young people’s mental health (2017)
Addaction (with other members of the Young People’s Health Partnership, a consortium of organisations working with the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England) has produced a
 briefing (PDF) about young people’s substance misuse and how local services and commissioners can respond to this issue

Summary of findings:

  • Statistics show reductions in young people’s substance misuse overall

  • There remain concerning statistics relating to vulnerable groups of young people and substance misuse that need to be addressed by targeting services in the right way

  • Substance misuse service provision for young people should include a range of early interventions and programmes

  • Substance misuse cannot be addressed in isolation from the wider issues affecting young people including sexual health, mental health and wellbeing, education and family issues

  • Peer to peer activities should be recognised as an effective way of delivering early intervention drug and alcohol messages to young people

  • Young people must be involved in all stages of intervention design, delivery and improvement

  • Commissioners must consider how to monitor the impact of early intervention substance misuse work to understand short, medium and long term impact


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