drug misuse

Parenting Capacity and Substance Misuse. SCIE Research Briefing 6.

A briefing on how parenting capacity can be affected by parental substance misuse (drugs and/or alcohol) and how this may be managed.

Literature review into the effectiveness of school drug education

Document that presents findings from a literature review conducted as part of a larger research study to examine the nature and effectiveness of current drug education practice in Scottish schools.

The research is being conducted to help identify what more needs to be done to promote effective school drug education in Scotland.

Changes in offending following prescribing treatment for drug misuse

This study match information from the Police National Computer with the NTA’s National Drug Treatment Monitoring System database. Researchers looked at a sample of opiate and crack users who had recently offended but had not been jailed, and had started drug treatment in the community. They found, as well, that offences typically committed by drug addicts, such as theft, fell by almost half when they were in treatment programmes.

Harm reduction: what's in a name?

Harm reduction has become one of the most contentious issues in drug use policy. The initial clarity and simplicity of the phrase "harm reduction" has evolved into an emotion-laden designation that has polarized groups with a common goal and is interfering with opportunities to engage high-risk populations and the implementation of a range of substance abuse services and supports.