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What are the estimated cost of childhood overweight and obesity on the Island of Ireland?

safefood Weight, Overweight, Obesity, Child Health, Childhood Obesity Over the past 3 decades the prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased markedly in Ireland and worldwide. In the Republic of Ireland it is currently estimated that 60% of adults ...

Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees: an overview of the literature relating to drug use and access to services.

. Paul Lemmens, Hans Dupont, Inez Roosen Migr4ant, Migration, Asylum, Healthcare Unusually high numbers of migrants have moved to Europe in recent years, with about1.2 million people applying for asylum in the European Union in each of the years 2015 and 2 ...

Applying behavioural insights to drug policy and practice: opportunities and challenges.

. Sara Rafael Almeida, Joana Sousa Lourenço, Emanuele Ciriolo Behavioural Sciences, Drug Policy, Drug Addiction Over the past two decades behavioural insights have grown in prominence both in academic circles and in public policy institutions. Both the be ...

User-led interventions: an expanding resource?

. Russell Webster Drug problem, Intervention This short paper outlines the growth of user-led interventions across Europe in the problem (as opposed to recreational) drug sector over recent years. It starts by attempting to define and categorise user-led i ...

Drug checking as a harm reduction tool for recreational drug users: opportunities and challenges.

. Tibor Brunt Drug Checking A number of European countries have implemented drug checking with the aim of providing targeted preventive messages to recreational drug users. This approach, which is more individualised than mass media campaigns, provides an ...

The impact of community-based drug and alcohol treatment on re-offending. Joint experimental statistical report from the Ministry of Justice and Public Health England.

This experimental statistical report contains initial findings from a project that has linked data from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) held by Public Health England (PHE) with data on offenders held by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). ...

Recovery, reintegration, abstinence, harm reduction: the role of different goals within the drug treatment in the European context.

. Annette Dale-Perera Drug treatment The purpose of this paper is to discuss the different goals of ‘drug treatment’ within a European context and the key implications for those planning or delivering health and social responses. The heterogeneity of peopl ...

Evidence review summary: drug demand reduction, treatment and harm reduction.

This short report presents a brief overview of recent evidence for the most effective approaches in the fields of drug use prevention, drug use treatment and harm reduction. It discusses the strengths and limitations of the evidence and some challenges fo ...

Ireland thinks.

. Alcohol Action Ireland Alcohol consumption, Marketing, Attitude, Young people Summary findings of a poll on attitudes to alcohol consumption. The opinion poll was commissioned by Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland, and conducted in the summer 2017. The poll ...

Progress in the penal system: a framework for penal reform (PIPS).

. Irish Penal Reform Trust Human Rights, Best Practice, Penal System, Prison This report is the first in a series of three annual reports providing a comprehensive report on human rights and best practice in Ireland’s penal system. IPRT has developed 35 st ...

UNODC annual report 2016.

. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Drug misuse, Crime, Terrorism The 2016 annual report provides an overview of UNODC's work across the globe in assisting Member States to address the threat posed by drugs, crime and terrorism. In addition to ...

Healthy Ireland survey 2017 summary of findings.

. Department of Health (RoI) Alcohol consumption, Dirinking habits, Binge drinking This report provides an overview of results from the third wave of the Healthy Ireland Survey, an annual interviewer administered face-to-face survey commissioned by the Dep ...

Health and social responses to drug problems: a European guide.

. European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction Substance Misuse This guide and the associated package of online materials provides a reference point for planning or delivering health and social responses to drug problems in Europe. The most appr ...

Cycle of Change: change promoter or benevolent fiction?

Prochaska and DiClementeâ?Ts ubiquitous â?~five stages of changeâ?T seems to offer a scientific system to guide clinicians and therapists on how to work with patients â?" how to recognise when someone is ready to commit to treatment (or if not to nud ...

Exposure to substance use prevention messages among adolescents. Short report.

This issue of The CBHSQ Report examines adolescents' exposure to substance use prevention messages using US data from the 2002 to 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). It also uses 2015 NSDUH data to examine exposure to prevention mess ...

WHO alcohol brief intervention training manual for primary care.

Alcohol contributes significantly to the disease and mortality burden in the WHO European Region, and primary health care systems play an important role in reducing the impact of harmful alcohol use. Screening and brief interventions (SBIs) for alcohol ar ...

Role of nurses in alcohol and drug treatment services.

. Royal College of Nursing, Association of Nurses in Substance Abuse, National Substance Misuse Non-Medical Prescribing Forum, Public Health England Drug treatment This resource is to assist commissioners and providers of specialist adult alcohol and drug ...

Growing up in Ireland: National longitudinal study of children. Off to a good start? Primary school experiences and the transition to second-level education.

Primary schools can influence young peopleâ?Ts later engagement with education in a number of ways. First, having a positive experience of primary school and good relations with teachers can enhance childrenâ?Ts engagement with school and thus provide a f ...

Examining the comparative use, experience, and outcomes of community service orders as alternatives to short prison sentences in Ireland.

â?~Examining the comparative use, experience, and outcomes of community service orders as alternatives to short prison sentences in Irelandâ?T by Dr Kate Oâ?THara is the outcome of a 3-year employment-based PhD research project (2013-16), co-funded by the ...

Improvement knowledge and skills guide. Development Assessment Tool for all staff.

. Health Service Executive Learning, Skills The purpose of the guide is to: 1. Assist individuals to self assess their: current knowledge and skills in relation to improvement learning and development needs for current or future roles 2. Assist hospital gr ...

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