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Substance Misuse

The government is is working hard to deal with the serious problems caused by illegal drug use. The different kinds of controlled drugs, often referred to as 'illegal drugs', are divided into three different categories, or classes. These classes (A, B and C) carry different levels of penalty for possession and dealing. The Misuse of Drugs Act is the main piece of legislation covering drugs and their categorisation. Alcohol misuse can also have a negative impact on communities, families and individuals and is becoming one of the biggest public health problems in the UK.

Here we cover policy approaches to dealing with the harms arising from drug and alcohol misuse.

This collection is made up of full text reports on substance misuse, available to view free of charge

Alcohol use across retirement: a qualitative study into drinking in later life

The report notes that relatively little is known about whether or not changes associated with retirement have an impact on how people drink.

Guidance on the licensing of late night refreshment

This guidance sets out what activities are to be treated as the provision of late night refreshment and as such are regulated under the Licensing Act 2003 (‘the 2003 Act’).

Letter from the Home Secretary to the Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, 27 October 2015

This is a letter from Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to Professor Iversen, the Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, dated 27th October 2015.

User guide to drug misuse statistics

The annual statistical release ‘Drug Misuse: Findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales’ examines the extent of, and trends in, illicit drug use among a nationally representative sample of 16 to 59 year olds resident in households in England and Wales.

Ministerial response to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) advice on nitrous oxide misuse

This is a letter from Jane Ellison, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, and Mike Penning, Minister of State for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Victims to Professor Les Iversen regarding the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drug’s advice on nitrous oxide misuse.

Ministerial response to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) report on cocaine misuse

This is a letter from Jane Ellison, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, and Mike Penning, Minister of State for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Victims to Professor Les Iversen regarding the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drug’s report ‘Cocaine powder: review of the evidence of prevalence and patterns of use, harms and implications’.

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