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10 things about
alcohol and other
drugs you may have
missed
30 June 2014
Andrew Brown
Director of Policy, Influence and En...
The amount of khat that was being imported to the
UK every week from Kenya
Source: http://www.worldpress.org/Africa/4013.c...
Numbers of under 18s in treatment
for cannabis as primary substance
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Issues
surrounding
alcohol cost
employers with
200 staff around
£38,000 a year
through absence
and performance
issues
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Defendants proceeded against at magistrate
courts and found guilty at all courts for
drink-driving offences, England and W...
Typical odds ratios for injury or death as a
result of a car crash while under the influence
of alcohol, medicinal or recr...
Number of positive checks for
drunk drivers per 1,000 inhabitants
(2009)
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The estimated number of 15 – 24
year olds in the UK who took a
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What do young people (15-24 years)
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Introduce regulation
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Changes in UK young people’s (15-24
years) perceptions on what is effective
in reducing drug harms
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10 things about alcohol and other drugs you might have missed

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Stats and data about drug and alcohol from the UK.

This time including khat, young people in treatment for cannabis, costs to employers of alcohol harm, drunk and drugged driving, New Psychoactive Substances, and what young people think are the most effective ways of dealing with drug harms

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10 things about alcohol and other drugs you might have missed

  1. 1. 10 things about alcohol and other drugs you may have missed 30 June 2014 Andrew Brown Director of Policy, Influence and Engagement DrugScope @andrewbrown365
  2. 2. The amount of khat that was being imported to the UK every week from Kenya Source: http://www.worldpress.org/Africa/4013.cfm 80 tons bringing in $470,000 per consignment Photo by Flickr user eesti
  3. 3. Numbers of under 18s in treatment for cannabis as primary substance 0 2,000 4,000 6,000 8,000 10,000 12,000 14,000 16,000 Source: http://www.nta.nhs.uk/uploads/annualypstatistics2012-13-final[0].pdf 50% increase over the period
  4. 4. Issues surrounding alcohol cost employers with 200 staff around £38,000 a year through absence and performance issues Source: http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/hro/news/1144882/unclear-drug-alcohol-policies-problematic-warn-experts Photo by Flickr user Annie Mole
  5. 5. Defendants proceeded against at magistrate courts and found guilty at all courts for drink-driving offences, England and Wales, 2009 to 2013 0 10,000 20,000 30,000 40,000 50,000 60,000 70,000 80,000 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Proceeded against Found guilty Includes the following offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988: Driving or attempting to drive a mechanically propelled vehicle while unfit to drive through drink or drugs—drink; Being in charge of mechanically propelled vehicle while unfit to drive through drink or drugs—Drink; Driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle while having a breath, blood or urine alcohol concentration in excess of the prescribed limit; In charge of a motor vehicle while having a breath, blood or urine alcohol concentration in excess of the prescribed limit; Failing without reasonable excuse to provide a specimen of breath for a preliminary test; Driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle and failing to without a reasonable excuse provide a specimen for a laboratory test or two specimens for analysis of breath; In charge of a motor vehicle and failing without reasonable excuse to provide a specimen for a laboratory test or two specimens for analysis of breath; Failing to allow specimen of blood to be subjected to laboratory test: (a) driving or attempting to drive, (b) all other cases. Source: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2014-06-24a.200852.h
  6. 6. Typical odds ratios for injury or death as a result of a car crash while under the influence of alcohol, medicinal or recreational drugs 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Source: Drug use, impaired driving and traffic accidents, second edition EMCDDA, Lisbon, June 2014
  7. 7. Number of positive checks for drunk drivers per 1,000 inhabitants (2009) 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 CY SI FR BE PL HU PT FI EL IE ES LV SE DK RO GB IL SK LT NO EE IT Source: Drink Driving: Towards Zero Tolerance, European Transport Safety Council (2012) NB – BAC limits for UK higher than other countries and number of roadside tests lower than other counties 12% of those tested in UK above legal limit against a 3.6% average
  8. 8. Proportion of population able to name the correct alcohol level allowed for driving 3 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 CZ FI LU SK DE LV LT BG PL IE ES UK NL CY Source: EU citizens’ attitudes towards alcohol, Eurobarometer 2010
  9. 9. 495,000 The estimated number of 15 – 24 year olds in the UK who took a New Psychoactive Substance (NPS) last year Source: Young people and drugs - Flash Eurobarometer 401 - Fieldwork: 03–23/06/2014
  10. 10. What do young people (15-24 years) think we should do about NPS 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Introduce regulation Ban - if risk to health Ban under any circumstances Do nothing Other Don't Know EU UK Source: Young people and drugs - Flash Eurobarometer 401 - Fieldwork: 03–23/06/2014
  11. 11. Changes in UK young people’s (15-24 years) perceptions on what is effective in reducing drug harms 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Information and prevention Treatment Tough measures against drug dealers Making drugs legal Reducing poverty and unemployment Tough measures against drug users Diversionary activities for young people 2010 2014 Source: Young people and drugs - Flash Eurobarometer 401 (2014) and 330 (2010)

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