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Recovery Plus: Workplace wellbeing News: stories symbolising trends to watch Facts and figures Catch up with the addiction field! Each of the news items below can be referenced for years to come. STATISTICS ON ALCOHOL 2016 for England can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/statisticson alcohol-england-2016. The new analyses are mainly obtained from HSCIC's Hospital Episode Statistics system and prescribing data. The report also includes the latest alcohol-related government policies. DRUG MISUSE: findings from the 2015-2016 Crime Survey for England & Wales reveals the latest numbers for people aged 16-59 (https://www.gov.uk/government/ statistics/drug-misuse-findings-from-the-2015-to-2016-csew). Turn to page 9 for the latest UK drug-death statistics. GLOBAL DRUG SURVEY 2016 findings can be found at https://www.globaldrugsurvey.com/past-findings/the-global-drugsurvey 2016-findings. KEY SUBSTANCE USE AND MENTAL HEALTH Indicators in the US: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, published by SAMHSA, lives up to its title (www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUHFFR1 2015/NSDUH-FFR1-2015/NSDUH-FFR1-2015.pdf). OPIOID CRISIS & HEALTH INSURANCE: Big Business is eyeing US state responses as the cost to private health insurance plans stemming from opioid addiction rose by over 3,200% from 2007-2014 (www.cnbc.com/2016/08/05/ jobs-battle-affected-by-the-big-drug-addiction-issue.html) . E-CIGARETTES... do e-cigarettes help stop smoking or cause harm? Public Health England issued advice (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/electronic-cigarettes). Gambling linked to workplace fraud The School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has released an 18-page report – Gambling-related embezzlement in the workplace: a qualitative study – with great insights and recommendations for moving forward. The good news is that "several interviewed therapists and counsellors said that embezzlers often respond well to treatment" and that relapses are "uncommon" (www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/14459795.2016.1214165). "As an organisation that helps people move into sustainable employment, we are concerned about the impact of gambling on work," Reed In Partnership states at the start of its 19-page report detailing the findings of its YouGov survey and interviews with its employment advisers into the consequence of gambling on work (www.reedinpartnership.co.uk/gambling). Substance abuse in the workplace: how to support a co-worker Return to work is important for recovering addicts – so how, as a manager or colleague, can you welcome and best support them? First, respect privacy: even if you were involved in an intervention on your co-worker’s behalf, they might not wish to discuss their treatment programme or recovery with you – and that’s okay. Second, welcome your co-worker back into the fold: fill them in on big project changes as well as harmless “office talk”. Third, expect them to be different. Finally, watch for red flags: a relapse doesn’t have to mean a full-blown return to substance abuse. Common relapse red flags include a consistent pattern of lateness or early departures, increasingly implausible excuses, poor quality of work, blowing off projects or waiting until the last minute and forgetting work commitments or missing meetings (http://smallbiztrends.com/2016/02/substance-abuse-in-the-workplace.html). your library’s essential reference September 2016 7


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