Policy documents

Below are key policy documents relating to the prevention and regulation of alcohol and drugs, published by UK and EU governmental bodies, NGOs, UNODC and UNICEF.

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UK policy documents

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

The Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA) aims to prevent the possession and non-medical use of certain substances. The MDA also created the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), a statutory and non-executive non-departmental public body which monitors, reviews and offers recommendations on the misuse of drugs in the UK. Read more

Drug Strategy 2010 Third Annual Review

Published by the Home Office, 2015
This review, ‘A Balanced Approach’, provides an update on the progress made under the three strands of the strategy (Reducing Demand, Restricting Supply and Building Recovery) between December 2013 and February 2015. Read more

Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

Published by the Home Office, 2015
The Psychoactive Substances Act received Royal Assent on 28 January 2016 and came into force on 26 May 2016. The Bill implemented a blanket ban on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) in the UK. Read more

Prevention of drug and alcohol dependence

Published by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, 2015
This briefing paper provides a summary of some of the key recent discussions in the substance use prevention field in order to support policy development, future ACMD recommendations, and prevention providers in the UK. Read more

The international evidence on the prevention of drug and alcohol use – Summary and examples of implementation in England

Published by Public Health England, 2015
The briefing provides a summary of the UNODC prevention standards and gives corresponding examples of relevant UK guidelines, programmes and interventions currently available in England. Its aim is to help those in the prevention field to translate the standards into the English operating landscape. It also aims to support local authority commissioners to develop their prevention strategies and implement them in line with evidence. Read more

Alcohol and drugs prevention, treatment and recovery: why invest?

Published by Public Health England, 2014 (updated 2015)
A slide pack with infographics illustrating the case for local investment in alcohol and drug prevention, treatment and recovery. Read more

2010 to 2015 government policy: harmful drinking

Published by the Department of Health, 2015
This policy paper shows the alcohol policy of the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government. The aim of this policy is to make it easier for people who drink to do so responsibly, as well as improving local alcohol services. Read more

2010 to 2015 government policy: drug misuse and dependency

Published by the Home Office and the Department of Health, 2015
This policy paper shows the drugs policy of the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government. The aim of this government’s policy is to help people make a full recovery from drug addiction as well as discouraging people from misusing illegal drugs in the first place. Read more

UK Alcohol Guidelines Review – Summary of the proposed new guidelines

Published by the Department of Health, 2016
At the request of the UK Chief Medical Officers, three independent groups of experts have met over the last 2½ years to consider the evidence on the health effects of alcohol; and whether this could form the basis of new advice to the public. The results of this investigation form three main recommendations, outlined in this summary. Read more

Modern Crime Prevention Strategy

Published by the Home Office, 2016
The modern crime prevention strategy sets out the evidence on the 6 drivers of crime: opportunity, character, effectiveness of the criminal justice system, profit, drugs and alcohol. It also sets out what action the government, law enforcement, industry, voluntary sector and public themselves can take. Read more

Drug strategy 2017

Published by the Home Office, 2017
The drug strategy 2017 sets out how the government and its partners, at local, national and international levels, will take new action to tackle drug misuse and the harms it causes. Read more

EU policy documents

European drug prevention quality standards

Published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), 2011
This manual for prevention professionals reviews existing standards in Europe and beyond and was designed to assist in the assessment, delivery and evaluation of evidence-based interventions. Read more

ESPAD validity study in four countries in 2013

Published by the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD), 2015
Confirming the validity of data is important not only from a research perspective, but also for developing evidence-based policies and interventions. After the publication of the 2011 ESPAD report and in the view of preparations for the 2015 survey, a review of the questionnaire used to collect the data was conducted. The results of that exercise are presented in the validity study. Read more

2016 European Drug Report

Published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), 2016
This report represents the 21st annual analysis of Europe’s drug situation. The report contains a comprehensive overview of Europe’s drug problem and the measures being taken to tackle it. Read more

United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS)

Our joint commitment to effectively addressing and countering the world drug problem

Published by the UN General Assembly, 2016
This joint commitment is the outcome document adopted by the General Assembly at the plenary of the special session on the world drug problem and contains extensive operational recommendations on addressing the threat of new psychoactive substances and amphetamine-type stimulants. Read more

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

School-based education for drug abuse prevention

Published by UNODC, 2004
This handbook aims to provide a conceptual basis upon which teachers, policy makers and school administrators can make decisions about school-based drug prevention programmes in order to achieve greater success in educational terms. Read more

UNODC Youth Initiative – Discussion Guide

Published by UNODC, 2012
The UNODC’s Youth Initiative was developed to empower and connect youth from around the globe to become active in their schools, communities and youth groups for the prevention of substance abuse. This discussion guide was created to help other groups develop their own drug prevention initiatives. Read more

International Standards on Drug Use Prevention

Published by UNODC, 2013 (updated 2015)
These global international standards identify the major components and features of an effective national drug prevention system in order to inform policymakers worldwide. The standards provide a summary of the available scientific evidence, describing interventions and policies that have been found to result in positive prevention outcomes and their characteristics. Read more

World Drug Report

Published by UNODC, 2015
The World Drug Report presents a comprehensive annual overview of the latest developments in the world’s illicit drug markets by focusing on the production of, trafficking in and consumption of the main illicit drug types and their related health consequences. Read more

United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

Life Skills-based Education for Drug Use Prevention – Training Manual

Published by UNICEF, 2009
This training manual aims to give teachers and others working with young people the practical skills and knowledge they need to support the personal and social development of students through a life skills education approach. The manual is not specifically focused on drug education, but its aim is to support those working with young people to develop programmes that can lead to better health and drug education outcomes, which may ultimately influence student drug use. Read more


Mentor Policies

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