drug misuse

The big blue book of booze

The aims of this resource are to present the facts about alcohol in a realistic and down-to-earth way; to identify safe limits to drinking; to identify the risks of unsafe sex when intoxicated; clearly identify alcohol as a strong drug and to show heavy drinking as unattractive and anti-social. The target audience for this publication is young people aged 13+ in schools and youth club settings.

Scottish Executive's annual report on drug misuse

Second annual report which sets out the progress made in 2002 across all 4 pillars of the Executive’s drugs strategy, namely, young people, communities, treatment and availability.

Home Office Cannabis Potency Study 2008

Herbal cannabis and cannabis resin are the most widely-misused illicit substances in the UK. In 2006, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) reviewed the classification of cannabis. One of the recommendations was that a further study should be carried out to determine the market share of different types of cannabis and their potencies. The Home Office funded the project.

Effective interventions unit: integrated care pathways guide 1 - definitions and concepts

First in a series of guides on developing and implementing Integrated Care Pathways (ICPs). While ICPs have been developed within health settings, there is a growing interest in their development across a range of treatment and social care settings to ensure that a co-ordinated, quality service is provided over the full continuum of care. Care pathways are designed to minimise delays, make best use of resources, and maximise quality of care.

This guide examines when and how integrated care pathways can be used to provide better care for people with drug problems.

Drug misuse and dependence: guidelines on clinical management

These guidelines are a revision of 'Drug Misuse and Dependence: Guidelines on Clinical Management' published in 1991. A comprehensive set of guidance is provided for doctors in the assessment, treatment and management of drug users and drug misuse.

Approaches to alcohol and drugs in Scotland: a question of architecture

A systems mapping approach to how Scotland can reduce the damage to its population through alcohol and drugs by half by 2025.

Review of methadone in drug treatment: prescribing information and practice

The former First Minister, Jack McConnell, announced a review of the place of methadone in drug treatment programmes on 6 March 2006 following the death of 2 year old Derek Doran. This review was conducted at the same time as the wider inter-departmental programme of work being undertaken across the Executive on children in drug abusing households.

There is increasing public, political and media interest in the use of methadone in drug treatment and in the perceived public risk posed by ‘leakage’ into the wider community, particularly in relation to children.

Supporting families and carers of drug users : a review

This review examines the impact of drug use upon families and carers and identifies their needs. It examines and describes the range of provision and methods of addressing the needs of families and carers. It gives particular attention to the development of family support groups. It also offers information about resources available to agencies, service providers and family support groups.

Effective interventions unit: integrated care pathways guide 2 - developing integrated pathways

This is the second in a series of guides on developing and implementing Integrated Care Pathways (ICPs). This guide identifies the steps involved in developing an ICP and examines each process in more detail.

It is aimed at anyone involved in commissioning, planning, developing, delivering and evaluating services for drug users.

Tackling drugs: changing lives

Cross-government website for drug professionals and anyone interested in the national drug strategy.

In December 2002, the Government launched the Updated Drug Strategy 2002. This built upon, and adapted the Government's Drug Strategy Tackling Drugs to Build a Better Britain, launched in 1998. Aiming to reduce the harm that drugs cause to society - communities, individuals and their families - the Drug Strategy has four main elements: young people, reducing supply, communities, treatment.