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International — Drug Control Policies Around The World

Prevalence of Use by Portuguese Youth Compared With Others in EU

(Prevalence of Use by Portuguese Youth Compared With Others in EU) "In ESPAD [European school survey project on alcohol and other drugs] 2011 once more cannabis was the drug that presented the higher lifetime prevalence of use (16%) a value closer to lifetime prevalence of any drug (19%). Between 2007 and 2001 increased the lifetime prevalence of use of any drug (from 14% to 19%), decreases were verified in the prevalence of use of all drugs with the exception of heroin.

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.

Public Expenditure on Drug Law Offenders in Prison in the European Union

(Public Expenditure on Drug Law Offenders in Prison in the European Union) "Within this framework, the EMCDDA has calculated a range of estimates of public expenditures on drug-law offenders in prison. The low estimate considers only those prisoners who have been sentenced for a drug-law offence. The high estimate also includes pre-trial prisoners who may be sentenced for a drug-law offence (assuming that the proportion of drug-law offenders among pre-trial prisoners is identical to that of drug-law offenders among sentenced prisoners).

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).

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