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Drug Misuse

This is the JSNA chapter on drugs. Theme chapters summarise who is at risk and why, the level of need in the population, service provision and use, unmet needs, the evidence base, highlight the key issues and gaps, and provides recommendations for commissioners.

This Needs Assessment is not yet ready. Please refer to the 2011/12 until it is available. You can view this by clicking here

This report presents the findings from the first three years (2009-11) of Part of the Picture (POTP). POTP is a five year research project (2009-14), funded by the Big Lottery, and delivered as a partnership between The Lesbian & Gay Foundation and the University of Central Lancashire. Evidence relating to substance use amongst lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people is extremely limited and often of poor quality. POTP was devised after the findings from a small scale pilot study conducted during Manchester Pride in 2007 suggested that LGB people who attended had higher rates of drug and alcohol use than the general population.

POTP has three main aims:

To establish a national (England) database of LGB people’s drug and alcohol use;

To use the database to inform local and national policy and practice in addressing the drug and alcohol use of LGB people;

To improve knowledge and understanding of the needs of LGB drug and alcohol users among drug and alcohol agencies through dissemination of the research findings.

This report presents the findings from the first three years (2009-11) of Part of the Picture (POTP). POTP is a five year research project (2009-14), funded by the Big Lottery, and delivered as a partnership between The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston.

Evidence relating to substance use amongst lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people is extremely limited and often of poor quality2. POTP was devised after the findings from a small scale pilot study conducted during Manchester Pride in 2007 suggested that LGB people who attended had higher rates of drug and alcohol use than the general population.

The report shows that:

  • Across all age groups LGB people are much more likely to use drugs compared to the general population
  • Problematic patterns of drinking are much more common among LGB people
  • LGB people demonstrate a higher likelihood of being substance dependent and show high levels of substance-dependency
  • Significant barriers exist to seeking information, advice or help among LGB people

 

This survey is the latest in a series designed to monitor smoking, drinking and drug use among secondary school pupils aged 11 to 15. Information was obtained from 6,519 pupils in 219 schools throughout England in the autumn term of 2011.

http://www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/sdd11fullreport

Profile that sets out the investment in drug treatment in Bolton and the benefit this brings as well as providing key performance indicators regarding the drug and alcohol treatment system with national comparators.

Powerpoint presentation of the key findings of Bolton's Drug and Alcohol Treatment Needs Assessmenet 2011/12.

Annual assessment report of drugs and alcohol treatment needs in Bolton, providing and understanding of local need and the different populations in need of treatment services.

A briefing presenting information on the substance Mephedrone (also known as: 4-MMC, ‘Meow’, ‘M-Cat’) and other related drugs.

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