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International — Drug Control Policies Around The World

Republic of Ireland Approves Supervised Injection Facilities

"Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne today (Tuesday) welcomed the Government’s decision to approve the publication of the Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Bill 2017.
"The Bill, which was approved by Cabinet at its meeting this morning, will allow the Minister for Health to issue a licence, with conditions, to operate a supervised injecting facility.

Decriminalization of Drugs in Portugal

(Decriminalization of Drugs in Portugal) "The decriminalisation of possession and use of drugs, Law 30/2000 of 29 of November, is an operational instrument to dissuade the use and abuse of drugs and to promote public health, complementary to the strategies of other areas of intervention in the field of demand reduction, representing as well a measure against social exclusion.

Median Prison Population Rate and Number of People Serving Time in Prisons in the Europe

(Median Prison Population Rate and Number of People Serving Time in Prisons in the Europe)
"2. The median European Prison Population Rate [PPR] was 124.0 inmates per 100 000 inhabitants.
There was noted an increase of +4% compared to 2012 (125.6 inmates per 100,000 inhabitants). As median calculated values are less sensitive to the extreme figures (i.e. very low prison population rates in small countries with less than 1mln inhabitants), it is preferable to use these values as a more( reliable alternative to the average figures.

Prevalence of Use by Portuguese Youth Compared With Others in EU

(Prevalence of Use by Portuguese Youth Compared With Others in EU) "In ESPAD [European school survey project on alcohol and other drugs] 2011 once more cannabis was the drug that presented the higher lifetime prevalence of use (16%) a value closer to lifetime prevalence of any drug (19%). Between 2007 and 2001 increased the lifetime prevalence of use of any drug (from 14% to 19%), decreases were verified in the prevalence of use of all drugs with the exception of heroin.

Waiting Times for Substance Use Treatment in Prisons in Scotland, Oct.-Dec. 2013

(Waiting Times for Substance Use Treatment in Prisons in Scotland, Oct.-Dec. 2013)
"• In October-December 2013, of the 1,192 people who started their first drug or alcohol treatment, 97.5% had waited 3 weeks or less and 78.2% had waited one week or less (Table 1).
"• Of the 27 people who were still waiting to start drug or alcohol treatment at the end of December 2013, 1 person, or 3.7% had been waiting for more than 6 weeks (Table 2).

Waiting Times for Substance Use Treatment in Scotland, Oct.-Dec. 2013

(Waiting Times for Substance Use Treatment in Scotland, Oct.-Dec. 2013)
"Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times
"In October-December 2013, 97.2% of the 7,412 people who began alcohol treatment waited 3 weeks or less from the date of referral (Table 3).
"• 90% of people who started treatment in October-December 2013 waited 17 days or less (Table 1).
"• In all NHS Boards in Scotland, except NHS Highland, at least 90% of people who started alcohol treatment waited 3 weeks or less (Table 3).

All Substance Abuse Treatments Started in Scotland, Oct.-Dec. 2013

Treatment

(All Substance Abuse Treatments Started in Scotland, Oct.-Dec. 2013)
"8,611 alcohol treatments were started in Scotland in October-December 2013 (Table 7).
"• Structured preparatory and motivational intervention was the most frequently accessed alcohol treatment (4,346 treatments between October-December 2013).
"• Community based support and/or rehabilitation was also a common alcohol treatment with 3,438 treatments started in October-December 2013.

National Drug Strategies for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland

(National Drug Strategies for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) "The Scottish Government and Welsh Government’s national drug strategies were published in 2008, the latter combining drugs, alcohol and addiction to prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines. All three strategies aim to make further progress on reducing harm and each focuses on recovery.

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