Surveillance decision

Surveillance decision

We will not update the guideline at this time.

Reason for the decision

We found 64 new studies through surveillance of this guideline.

This included new evidence on formal psychosocial interventions that support current recommendations. We also identified new evidence on brief interventions and self-help, and residential, prison and inpatient care. We asked topic experts whether this new evidence would affect current recommendations on drug misuse in over 16s in this guideline. Generally, the topic experts thought that an update was not needed.

We did not find any new evidence for the sections on general considerations or identification and assessment of drug misuse.

None of the new evidence considered in surveillance of this guideline was thought to have an effect on current recommendations.


No equalities issues were identified during the surveillance process.

Overall decision

After considering all the new evidence and views of topic experts, we decided that no update is necessary for this guideline.

See how we made the decision for further information.

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