Drug and Alcohol Misuse

Pre-course reading handout for the STRADA one-day module, Substance Misuse in Pregnancy.

The report of an independent Inquiry examining what role, if any, drug testing should play in the workplace. The Independent Inquiry into Drug Testing at Work - set up in 2002 - brought together a distinguished body of commissioners to examine the evidence relating to drug testing at work in the UK. Its establishment followed the rapid expansion of workplace drug testing in the United States and growing evidence that drug testing companies were expanding their operations in the UK.

this strategy sets out a significant programme of reform to tackle Scotland’s drug problem and make a contribution to the Government’s overarching purpose, which is to increase sustainable economic growth. Central to the strategy is a new approach to tackling problem drug use based firmly on the concept of recovery. Recovery is a process through which an individual is enabled to move-on from their problem drug use towards a drug-free life and become an active and contributing member of society.

This report was produced by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) in response to a request made in July 2007 by the Home Office for the ACMD to review the classification of cannabis in light of the public concern about the potential mental health effects of cannabis use and in particular the use of stronger strains of the drug.

The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS)1 is a large-scale continuous survey measuring adults’ experience and perceptions of crime in Scotland. The survey is based on, annually, 16,000 in-home face-to-face interviews with adults (aged 16 or over) living in private households in Scotland.

The government’s updated alcohol strategy, Safe, Sensible, Social aims to reduce the number of under-18s who drink and the amount they drink. But Alcohol Concern found that many children are being openly influenced by alcohol advertising during their favourite programmes, as explained by Don Shenker in this article.

Report assessing the validity of Scottish survey data on alcohol consumption and attempting to explain the apparent discrepancy between survey and non-survey indicators of drinking. It also attempts to make definitive statements about drinking trends over the past decade and makes recommendations for improving Scottish survey data on alcohol.

There is increasing evidence that substance misuse among British adolescents is escalating (Miller & Plant, 1996; Sutherland & Willner, 1998). Swadi (1992) found that, among adolescents aged 12–17 years referred to mental health services, the prevalence of drug use was 13.1% (16.3% among boys and 9.3% among girls).