National Drug Evidence Centre (NDEC)
The National Drug Evidence Centre (NDEC) carries out epidemiological, evaluative and policy related research in the field of substance misuse, within the areas of health and criminal justice. We welcome students working for higher degrees, e.g. PhD, in our fields of interest.
Latest Prevalence Estimates
"Researchers from The National Drug Evidence Centre, University of Manchester, the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University and Glasgow Prevalence Estimation Limited, have produced national (England) regional and local estimates for the prevalence of opiate and/or crack use. The number of heroin and crack cocaine users in England has fallen below 300,000 for the first time. The latest estimates support the continuing shift away from the most harmful drugs, particularly among young people. However behind this positive picture, an older and vulnerable population of users poses major challenges for local treatment systems".
United Kingdom Drug Situation 2013
30th January 2013
The 2012 edition of United Kingdom Drug Situation from the UK Focal Point Report has now been published (see below link) and 'Facts and Figures' part of this website. This is a comprehensive report on population prevalence, problem prevalence, treatment demand, drug related deaths and infectious diseases.
Evaluation Team launch Drug & Alcohol Payment by Results Scoping and Feasibility Report
17th December 2012
Following commissioning by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme (PRP), the evaluation team has today published the Scoping and Feasibility Report, which sets the scene for this important research evaluation. This is a collaborative report with colleagues from the University of Manchester, Birkbeck College London, RAND Europe and UserVoice. The team is led by Dr Michael Donmall and Prof Matthew Sutton of the University of Manchester's Institute of Population Health.
EMCDDA launch new TDI Protocol (Consultant Team lead Michael Donmall)
20th September 2012
The EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) has launched new guidelines for monitoring drug users entering treatment in Europe - updating a previous data-collection protocol adopted in 2000. Published in the EMCDDA Manuals series, the guidelines have been revised to reflect the realities of today's drug situation and changes in treatment services and data monitoring systems. They follow a three-year revision process involving experts from the EU Member States, Croatia, Turkey, Norway and Switzerland and a consultation team led by Michael Donmall (NDEC, University of Manchester).
Professor Griffiths Edwards
It is with great regret that I must report the death of Professor Griffiths Edwards, CBE. Emeritus professor of addiction behaviour at the Institute of Psychiatry; in 1967 founder and director of the Addiction Research Unit at the Institute of Psychiatry, later to become the National Addiction Centre; author, contributor to and editor of numberous books including Alcohol Policy and the Public Good, Alcohol, the worlds favourite drug, Matters of substance: Drugs - and why everyone's a user, Alcohol: the ambiguous molecule and Drug policy and the public good; adviser to governments of the UK and the USA, and the WHO; and editor, commissioning editor and editorial adviser of the Society's journal, Addiction from 1978 until today, he was one of the most significant figures in addiction research of the last half- century.
Throughout his career his approach combined the clinical and basic sciences of addiction with the more applied and social sciences, and he sought to promote a scientifically informed, evidence-based approach to addiction policy. He was an extraordinary intuitive clinician and an inspirational teacher and mentor, as evidenced by the many whose lives and careers he touched.
On behalf of Professor Eilish Gilvarry, President, Society for the Study of Addiction.
New tool provides access to substance misuse statistics
The National Drug Evidence Centre (NDEC) and Public Health England (PHE) formally launched ViewIt on 1 August 2012. The new site provides access to substance misuse statistics at both a national and local level via a fast, new user-friendly interface and is available at www.ndtms.net/ViewIt
ViewIt Profiles are a means of visualising the substance misuse treatment data from NDTMS. You can view tables, charts, maps and national distributions of different treatment indicators, and drill deeper into the data at both a national and local level.
Prevalence Estimation Project
NDEC is to provide Government with opiate and crack prevalence estimates for 2010/11. Previous years estimates have been supplied by Glasgow University with input from the University of Manchester. The work will now be provided by NDEC at the University of Manchester, under sub-contract to Dr Gordon Hay, who is the UK expert on prevalence estimations. Dr Hay will be working with NDEC on the further development of problem drug use prevalence estimates.
11th July 2012
The security issue with NDTMS.net has now been resolved. Thank you for your patience.
NDEC Web Team
Chinese Delegation Seminar
21st June 2012
Dr Michael Donmall (NDEC Director) has hosted a senior group of 25 delegates from the Chinese Ministry of Justice. The delegates - professionals and directors in drug treatment bodies across China - travelled to the University for a day-long seminar and fact-finding mission around drug treatment, information analyses and treatment outcomes.
Another Success for Health Sciences
22nd December 2011
A team from the Health Science Research Group has been successful in gaining a £1million Department of Health grant to evaluate Payment by Results (PbR) schemes in the treatment of addiction. The Manchester team lead by Dr Michael Donmall and Prof Matt Sutton as Co-PIs also includes Dr Tim Millar as Co-I and Impact Strand Lead, Andrew Jones as Co-I and Study Co-ordinator, Tom Mason as Health Economist and Matthias Pierce as Statistician. They are collaborating with colleagues at Birkbeck, London, RAND Europe and UserVoice, to deliver a robust assessment of this important new approach to the care of problem drug users, in work that has key national policy implications.
Drug Treatment and Recovery 2010-11 released today
6th October 2011
Latest official figures produced by the National Drug Evidence Centre on behalf of Public Health England released in its annual report today, show a fall in the number of heroin and crack cocaine users presenting for treatment in England and an increase in the number of drug users recovering from addiction.