Scotland

Scotland

Waiting Times for Substance Use Treatment in Prisons in Scotland, Oct.-Dec. 2013

(Waiting Times for Substance Use Treatment in Prisons in Scotland, Oct.-Dec. 2013)
"• In October-December 2013, of the 1,192 people who started their first drug or alcohol treatment, 97.5% had waited 3 weeks or less and 78.2% had waited one week or less (Table 1).
"• Of the 27 people who were still waiting to start drug or alcohol treatment at the end of December 2013, 1 person, or 3.7% had been waiting for more than 6 weeks (Table 2).

Waiting Times for Substance Use Treatment in Scotland, Oct.-Dec. 2013

(Waiting Times for Substance Use Treatment in Scotland, Oct.-Dec. 2013)
"Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times
"In October-December 2013, 97.2% of the 7,412 people who began alcohol treatment waited 3 weeks or less from the date of referral (Table 3).
"• 90% of people who started treatment in October-December 2013 waited 17 days or less (Table 1).
"• In all NHS Boards in Scotland, except NHS Highland, at least 90% of people who started alcohol treatment waited 3 weeks or less (Table 3).

All Substance Abuse Treatments Started in Scotland, Oct.-Dec. 2013

Treatment

(All Substance Abuse Treatments Started in Scotland, Oct.-Dec. 2013)
"8,611 alcohol treatments were started in Scotland in October-December 2013 (Table 7).
"• Structured preparatory and motivational intervention was the most frequently accessed alcohol treatment (4,346 treatments between October-December 2013).
"• Community based support and/or rehabilitation was also a common alcohol treatment with 3,438 treatments started in October-December 2013.

National Drug Strategies for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland

(National Drug Strategies for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) "The Scottish Government and Welsh Government’s national drug strategies were published in 2008, the latter combining drugs, alcohol and addiction to prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines. All three strategies aim to make further progress on reducing harm and each focuses on recovery.

Basic UK Drug Laws

(Basic UK Drug Laws) "The United Kingdom (UK) consists of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. England accounts for 84% of the UK population. A number of powers have been devolved from the United Kingdom Parliament to Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, but each has different levels of devolved responsibilities.

Estimated Drug Control Spending in Scotland, 2013-2014

(Estimated Drug Control Spending in Scotland, 2013-2014) "In 2013/14, £30.3 million was allocated to Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs) to support the delivery of improved outcomes for drugs, similar to the figure for the previous year (£30.2 million). Guidance for ADPs on planning and reporting suggests that ADPs should go beyond the reporting of direct Scottish Government investment. Expenditure should map all resources used in responding to the drug problem (CoSLA et al. 2013).

Estimated Number of Problem Drug Users (PDUs) in Scotland

(Estimated Number of Problem Drug Users (PDUs) in Scotland) "National and local estimates of the prevalence of problem drug use in Scotland for 2009/10 were published in autumn 2011 (ISD Scotland 2011). Estimates are for problematic opiate and/or illicit benzodiazepine use119 amongst individuals aged between 15 and 64 years old. Previous estimates have been published for the calendar years 2000, 2003 and 2006 (Hay et al. 2001; 2004; 2009).

Cultivation Offenses in Scotland

(Cultivation Offenses in Scotland) "Data from Scotland show that there has been a large increase in recorded cultivation offences since 2006/07 from 437 to 1,242 in 2011/12 (Scottish Government 2012a). This corresponds to an increase in the number of cannabis plant seizures from 304 in 2006/07 to 970 in 2010/11, the last available year of data (Scottish Government 2008e; 2012d; see section 10.3.1).

Prevalence of Use Drugs Other Than Cannabis, Scotland

(Prevalence of Use Drugs Other Than Cannabis, Scotland) "Looking in more detail at self-reported drug use by composite drug group, i.e. classifying them by shared characteristics, Figure 2.2 shows that:
"• One in eight (12.5%) adults reported that they had taken stimulant drugs (cocaine, crack, crystal meth, ecstasy, amphetamines, poppers) at some point in their lives while 2.8% had taken at least one of these drugs in the last year and 1.2% in the last month;

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