substance misuse

First measures: a guide to alcohol misuse prevention work with children

This publication is for those working with primary school age children who need to know the best ways to educate and inform them on issues around alcohol misuse. It offers guidance by: summarising what is effective practice in alcohol misuse prevention; summarising key ‘things to think about’ when developing a project; and providing case study examples and comments from children themselves.

The African Caribbean community and mental health in Britain

Mind is a leading mental health charity in England and Wales and has produced information on many areas of mental health. This factsheet aims to give an overview of how the mental health needs of the African-Caribbean community are negatively affected by many factors, including racism. It highlights examples of racism within the psychiatric system and how it exacerbates mental distress. It is also intended to help raise awareness of the discrimination and the disadvantage experienced by African-Caribbean people.

Drink and drugs net

This is a web portal for substance misuse specialists and those in the wider health, social care and criminal justice fields who deal with drug and alcohol issues in the course of their work. It is also the website for the fortnightly magazine Drink and Drugs News.

Review of the effectiveness of treatment for alcohol problems

This review is a critical appraisal of the evidence base for the treatments available for people with alcohol problems. The review covers interventions ranging from simple advice and mutual aid to intensive specialist treatment. It has been written to inform Models of Care for Alcohol Misusers (MoCAM), which provides a model framework and standards for the commissioning and development of local integrated treatment systems for alcohol misuse.

My way or yours? - article from Drug and Alcohol Findings 2006

How directive the therapist is in the face of client resistance is emerging as one of the strongest and most consistent influences on the outcomes of therapy. There is no one right answer - it all depends on the client, in particular on how much they perceive and react against threats to their autonomy.

Crime & justice in Scotland 2006/07 : a third review of progress

Report providing an overview of crime and justice policies in Scotland and making comparisons with data from previous reviews to give an indication of how Scotland is performing.

Substance misuse services in Grampian 2007 : multi-agency inspection (summary)

Document reporting the results of an inspection of substance misuse services in Grampian and making recommendations for improvements.

Substance misuse services in Grampian 2007 : multi-agency inspection

Report detailing the results of an inspection of substance misuse services in Grampian and making recommendations for improvements.

Going Over

The Scottish Executive has produced a DVD called 'Going Over' to help inform drug users, their families, friends and service providers about the risks associated with overdose and dispel some of the myths surrounding resuscitation. 'Going Over' presents four overdose scenarios that have been dramatised from real events. The stories give clear and important messages about responding to overdoses: put unconscious people in the recovery position and dial 999.