drug misuse

This resource provides information, statistics and research on drugs misuse in Scotland. Target users are policy makers, professionals, researchers, employers and the wider community. This website supports the implementation of the Scottish Drug Misuse Information Strategy.

Scottish Government statistical bulletin providing information on activity relating to community penalties in Scotland garnered from local authority social work management information systems.

This summary sets out the main findings from a review of the recent literature on strategies to tackle illicit drug markets and distribution networks in the UK.

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.

Report presenting the findings of a study undertaken by the UK Drug Policy Commission which looked at how an explicit refocusing of drug law enforcement on the reduction of drug-related harms could bring about a real impact on the drug-related harms experienced by individuals and communities.

Report exploring the causes and costs of all types of violence in the UK, looking at the interventions which have proved effective in tackling violence and discussing what more can be done to reduce violence in society.

This is the first in a series of Evaluation Guides designed to support improvements in practice. Individuals and organisations are increasingly called upon to evaluate the services they provide for drug users. This is a sensible approach because good evaluation has the potential to improve drug services. It can help to identify what works, what needs to be improved and what is ineffective. However, evaluation needs to be useful, practical and realistic.

Report providing an overview of statistics and information to help demonstrate the link between crime and the achievement of Scotland's principal targets and provoke thought and discussion about the future development of services.

Report describing good practice identified during a Healthcare Commission and National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse joint review of residential drug treatment services in England with the aim of encouraging better service delivery in this sector.