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Violence related to drug or alcohol misuse:- What is the best environment in which to contain violence in people who have misused drugs or alcohol?

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Why this is important:- There are major problems in managing drug- and alcohol-related violence. The risk of severe violence can last for many hours in people who have misused drugs and alcohol and most settings in which violence takes place (such as emergency departments) do not have the facilities needed to contain people for several hours with an adequate level of supervision. As a consequence many people are taken, often inappropriately, to police cells. It is likely that there are less expensive and more effective environments available for this purpose.

Data about the size of this problem and an epidemiological survey of its frequency and duration, as well as current methods of managing drug- and alcohol-related violence, are needed to start answering this question.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Violence and aggression: short-term management in mental health, health and community settings
Date issued
May 2015

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No