drug misuse

National Forum on Drug Related Deaths in Scotland: Annual Report 2008-09

This is the second report from the National Forum on Drug-related Deaths. The drug death statistics published each year in the General Register of Scotland (GROS) report are fundamental to the work of the National Forum. This year the GROS report was more detailed than ever before. The report confirmed a disappointing but not unexpected trend.

Re-Solv : The Society for the Prevention of Solvent and Volatile Substance Abuse

This resource is the website of Re-Solv, the national charity solely dedicated to the prevention of solvent and volatile substance abuse (VSA). Re-Solv operates throughout the United Kingdom. The site offers information about solvent and volatile substance abuse in a range of formats, including factsheets, more in depth on-line training courses and details about the range of other publications and services available through Re-Solv.

The Scottish Drugs Forum

Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) is the national non-government drugs policy and information agency working in partnership with others to co-ordinate effective responses to drug use in Scotland. SDF aims to support and represent, at both local and national levels, a wide range of interests, promoting collaborative, evidence-based responses to drug use.

Drug testing in the workplace: Summary conclusions of the Independent Inquiry into Drug Testing at Work

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.

The Road to Recovery : a new approach to tackling Scotland's drug problem

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.

A participatory handbook for youth drug abuse prevention programmes : a guide for development and improvement

Substance abuse as a social phenomenon is all the more worrisome because of its prevalence among youth. Over the last two decades or so, countries all over the world have seen an alarming rise in the incidence of substance abuse amongst the most productive and crucial section of their populations.

Terminology and Information on Drugs

This publication is intended to give a brief description of the drugs most frequently manufactured / processed and/or abused, as well as definitions of the most relevant scientific terms used in this context. It is by no means exhaustive, nor is it meant to replace any of the more comprehensive textbooks and encyclopedias on drugs of abuse. Rather, it is an attempt on the part of the Scientific Section to provide to the interested reader some basic, generally accepted information on selected drugs of abuse, their abuse patterns, pharmacological effects and medical use, if any.

Substance Misuse in Adolescents

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).