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  1. Update on Medication Assisted Treatment Standards

    Minister details new oversight arrangements to drive improvement.

  2. Residential rehabilitation pathways: lived experience interviews

    Explores pathways into, through and out of residential rehabilitation from the perspective of those with lived experience of having accessed residential rehabilitation. Part of a wider suite of research exploring residential rehabilitation across Scotland.

  3. Criminal proceedings in Scotland: 2020-2021

    Statistics on criminal proceedings concluded in Scottish courts and alternative measures to prosecution issued by the police and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service are presented for the ten years from 2011-12 to 2020-21. The latest year’s data is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  4. Suspected drug deaths in Scotland: January to March 2022

    This report focusses on Police Scotland management information as a key indicator of recent drug death trends in Scotland.

  5. Equally Safe - short life delivery plan: summer 2022 to autumn 2023

    A refresh of the Equally Safe Delivery Plan outlining the joint commitment of the Scottish Government and COSLA to preventing and eradicating all forms of violence against women and girls and tackling the underpinning attitudes that perpetuate it.

  6. Residential rehabilitation study published.

    Review finds positive outcomes associated with the treatment.

  7. Justice Analytical Services Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report: May 2022 edition

    This report provides, in a single place, a concise but comprehensive overview of a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It covers many different topics including crime, policing, community safety, courts and prisons.

  8. Bail supervision: national guidance

    This document provides revised guidance for the operation of bail supervision setting out standards and expectations to support the consistent delivery of the service across Scotland.

  9. National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992 - Child Migrant Trust amendments: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for disregarding any payment from the Child Migrant Trust, in relation to the financial assessment for living in a care home in Scotland.

  10. National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992 - Historical Institutional Abuse Redress Board (Northern Ireland) amendments: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for disregarding any payment from the Historical Institutional Abuse Redress Board (Northern Ireland), in relation to the financial assessment for living in a care home in Scotland.

  11. National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992 - Troubles related incident Victims' Payment Scheme (Northern Ireland) amendments: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for disregarding any payment from the Troubles related incident Victims’ Payment Scheme (Northern Ireland), in relation to the financial assessment for living in a care home in Scotland.

  12. National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992 - Infected Blood Financial Support Payment Schemes in the UK amendments: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for disregarding any payment from the Infected Blood Financial Support Payment Schemes in the UK, in relation to the financial assessment for living in a care home in Scotland.

  13. £25 million funding for drugs services

    Almost 80 projects set to benefit.

  14. Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service (SARCS): information

    This leaflet provides information on how to Self-refer to a Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service (SARCS). It provides information on accessing healthcare through NHS Scotland for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.

  15. Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service (SARCS): easy read

    This leaflet provides information on how to self-refer to a Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service (SARCS) in an easy read format. It provides information on accessing healthcare through NHS Scotland for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.

  16. Additional drug rehabilitation services for women with children

    Funding for two dedicated Mother and Child Recovery Houses.

  17. Substance use - treatment target: letter from Minister for Drugs Policy

    The National Mission to reduce drug deaths focuses on supporting more people into the treatment and recovery that is right for them. This letter sets out expectations in relation to the delivery of the substance use treatment target.

  18. Treatment target for people with problematic drug use

    Aim to have more people accessing opioid treatments.

  19. Latest suspected drug deaths report.

    Figures show 8% decrease.

  20. Suspected drug deaths in Scotland: October to December 2021

    This report focusses on Police Scotland management information as a key indicator of recent drug death trends in Scotland.

  21. Long-term monitoring of health inequalities: March 2022 report

    Annual update of the long-term monitoring of health inequalities headline indicators.

  22. Serious Organised Crime strategy

    The Serious Organised Crime Taskforce Strategy seeks to close the potential gap between intelligence and tasking through the better use of threat assessments and aims to reduce the harm caused by serious organised crime by ensuring that all partner bodies work together.

  23. Signing up to save a life

    Thousands respond to national naloxone campaign.

  24. National guidance for child protection in Scotland 2021

    This guidance describes the responsibilities and expectations for all involved in protecting children and will support the care and protection of children.

  25. National Care Service: consultation analysis - easy read

    Easy read version of the analysis of stakeholders' responses to our consultation on a National Care Service

  26. National Care Service: consultation analysis

    Analysis of stakeholders' responses to our consultation on a National Care Service.

  27. Firefighters to carry life-saving naloxone

    Staff are being invited to take part in a trial.

  28. New vision for justice

    Victims placed at the heart of ensuring just, safe, and resilient communities.

  29. Listening to those with Lived and Living Experience

    Ensuring the experiences of people affected by drugs are acted upon.

  30. New Drug Deaths Taskforce vice-chair

    Former Chief Nursing Officer takes up the post.

  31. New Drug Deaths Taskforce Chair

    Former police chief will take up the role with immediate effect.

  32. Alcohol licensing: guidance

    Guidance on alcohol licensing, personal licences and alcohol byelaws.

  33. Prevention of homelessness duties: consultation

    Joint Scottish Government and COSLA consultation on the proposals for new prevention of homelessness duties. This consultation creates an opportunity for individuals and organisations to have their say on changes to the homelessness system in Scotland.

  34. Suspected drug deaths in Scotland: July to September 2021

    This report focusses on Police Scotland management information as a key indicator of recent drug death trends in Scotland.

  35. Drug and alcohol services - improving holistic family support

    This paper seeks to provide a framework, in line with the national drug/alcohol strategy Rights, Respect and Recovery (RRR) and linked policy initiatives for the development of a consistent approach for families affected by substance use.

  36. Tackling the stigma of addiction

    National campaign launched to address the issue.

  37. Expanding access to Residential Rehabilitation in Scotland

    Funding released to drugs projects.

  38. Pathways into, through and out of Residential Rehabilitation in Scotland

    This suite of publications provides insight into the pathways into, through and out of residential rehabilitation in Scotland.

  39. Adult support and protection - GP and primary care guidance: consultation analysis

    We consulted on the proposed updating of the Adult Support and Protection guidance for GP and Primary Care Teams between 15 July and 26 August 2021. This report provides further detail from the responses we received.

  40. Drug seizures and Offender Characteristics, 2018-2019 and 2019-20

    An overview of the number of drugs possession and supply crimes and the quantities seized during 2018-19 and 2019-20. There are also details of the types of offenders, location, and how the crime was discovered for possession based crimes.

  41. Recorded Crime in Scotland: October 2021

    Official Statistics on crimes and offences recorded by the police in Scotland for October 2021.

  42. Coronavirus (COVID-19): clinical guidance on the use of Buvidal in prisons

    Guidance for the use of Buvidal for opiate substitution treatment in prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  43. Preventing drug deaths

    Free phone line launched to help drugs users stay safe.

  44. Bail and release from custody arrangements: consultation

    Consultation on the use of remand and arrangements around release from custody - two areas which we consider have the potential to contribute to a shift in how prison and imprisonment is used in a modern Scotland.

  45. Digital health and care strategy

    Refreshed strategy which sets out how we will work together to improve the care and wellbeing of people in Scotland by making best use of digital technologies in the design and delivery of services, in a way, place and time that works best for them.

  46. Homicide in Scotland 2020-2021: statistics

    Statistical bulletin on crimes of homicide recorded by the police in Scotland in 2020-2021.

  47. Adult social care - winter preparedness plan: 2021-22

    This Plan sets out the measures that will be applied across the adult social care sector to meet the challenges over the winter 2021 - 2022. It details information to all those involved in and affected by adult social care provision. The Plan accompanies the Health and Social Care Winter Overview.

  48. Safer drug consumption facilities: evidence paper

    This paper highlights the evidence in support of safer drug consumption facilities.

  49. Coronavirus (COVID-19) residential rehabilitation - testing, vaccination and infection control: status report

    Report providing an improved estimate of current COVID-19 testing and vaccination in residential rehab settings in Scotland and to better understand how services are adapting to minimise the risk of infection within their service.

  50. Eyes.Scot website: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the Eyes.Scot website, Scotland's new national website for eye care and eye health information.

  51. Recorded Crime Statistics in Scotland: user guide

    Provides detailed information on the Recorded Crime in Scotland statistical bulletin series. It is designed to be a useful reference guide with explanatory notes regarding issues and classifications which are crucial to the production and presentation of crime statistics in Scotland

  52. Recorded Crime in Scotland: August 2021

    Official Statistics on crimes and offences recorded by the police in Scotland for August 2021.

  53. Suspected drug deaths in Scotland: April to June 2021

    This new report focusses on Police Scotland management information as a key indicator of recent drug death trends in Scotland.

  54. National guidance for child protection committees undertaking learning reviews

    Guidance to support child protection committees to reflect, learn and improve child protection systems and practice when a child or young person dies, is significantly harmed, or was at risk of death or significant harm or where effective practice has prevented harm or risk of harm.

  55. National guidance for child protection 2021: consultation report

    This report shows the results of the public consultation on the revised national guidance for child protection in Scotland, and our response to the results.

  56. Preventing deaths from overdose

    National campaign launched to help save lives.

  57. A National Care Service for Scotland consultation: easy read

    An easy read version of the National Care Service consultation paper.

  58. National drugs mission funds: guidance

    Information and guidance for the National Drugs Mission Funds to reduce drug related deaths and harms.

  59. NHS recovery plan

    The NHS recovery plan sets out key ambitions and actions to be developed and delivered now and over the next 5 years in order to address the backlog in care and meet ongoing healthcare needs for people across Scotland.

  60. Expanding access to naloxone

    Consultation on making life-saving drug more widely available.

  61. Reset and Rebuild - sexual health and blood borne virus services: recovery plan

    This plan, coproduced with our NHS and third sector partners, takes stock of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus (SHBBV) services and people that use them, ahead of a more fundamental review of the SHBBV Framework in 2022.

  62. Emergency response to drug overdose

    Ambulance clinicians issue life-saving kits.

  63. Funding for community drugs projects

    More than £1.5 million to improve support.   

  64. Positive report on the use of Buvidal in prisons

    Study shows benefits for patients and staff.

  65. Increasing capacity for drugs services

    Funding to help get more people into treatment.

  66. Alcohol sales fell to 26-year low in 2020

    Minister welcomes figures but pledges further action

  67. Funding for new treatment standards for drug users

    Implementation Group meets for the first time.

  68. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) standards: access, choice, support

    Evidence based standards to enable the consistent delivery of safe, accessible, high-quality drug treatment across Scotland. These are relevant to people and families accessing or in need of services, and health and social care staff responsible for delivery of recovery oriented systems of care.

  69. Funds open for drugs services

    Applications can be made for a share of £18 million.

  70. Funding allocations for drug services

    Minister outlines plans for £18 million investment.

  71. Funding new ways to reduce drugs deaths

    More than £500,000 to improve services.

  72. International approaches to drug law reform: research

    This paper reviews the international evidence on approaches to drug law reform, focussing on seven case studies from five jurisdictions.

  73. Residential rehabilitation provision

    Survey sets out current capacity in Scotland.

  74. Residential rehabilitation: status report on current levels of capacity

    This survey was designed to provide a cross-sectional snapshot of the residential rehabilitation national landscape in Scotland.

  75. Action on drugs deaths

    Funding for residential rehabilitation.

  76. Over £16 billion investment in health

    Funding for NHS, mental health and drug services.

  77. More than £250 million for drug deaths emergency

    First Minister outlines a range of actions to tackle the crisis.  

  78. Family lifesavers

    Project to help relatives of drug users.

  79. Take-home Naloxone to save lives

    Kits distributed to those at risk of overdose.

  80. Rights Respect and Recovery - alcohol and drug treatment strategy: action plan 2019 to 2021 (version 2)

    Actions, milestones and timeframes for implementing the 'Rights, respect and recovery' alcohol and drug treatment strategy.

  81. Drug-related death statistics 2019

    Figures underline scale of challenge.

  82. Residential rehabilitation - service mapping: report - 2019 to 2020

    Mapping of residential rehabilitation provision in Scotland for alcohol and drug treatment.

  83. Residential Rehabilitation Working Group: drug and alcohol residential treatment services - recommendations

    This report provides a set of recommendations to the Scottish Government and other partners involved in reducing the harms caused by problematic use of alcohol and drugs - recommendations which aim to improve access to residential rehabilitation treatment.

  84. Scottish Health Survey 2019 published

    Scotland’s Chief Statistician today released the Scottish Health Survey 2019, providing information on the health, and factors relating to health, of adults and children in Scotland.

  85. Drug Deaths Taskforce marks first year

    Funding announced for research projects across Scotland.

  86. Supporting people affected by drug use

    Over £2 million for new package of support during coronavirus (COVID-19).

  87. Coronavirus (COVID-19): opiate substitution treatment in prisons - Chief Medical Officer letter

    Letter from the interim Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith about opiate substitution treatment in prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  88. Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for alcohol and drug services

    Information about how we are supporting alcohol and drug services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  89. Supporting people affected by alcohol and drug use

    Addressing the impact of COVID-19.

  90. Increased funding for preventing drug deaths

    Frontline services to benefit from an extra £20 million.

  91. Scotland hosts major drugs conference

    Experts discuss ways of cutting drug deaths.

  92. Scottish drugs conference announced

    Future policy to be shaped by people’s experience.

  93. Preventing drug related deaths in Scotland: emergency response strategies - January 2020

    This paper by Scotland’s Drug Deaths Taskforce sets out six key evidence-based strategies for preventing drug related deaths.

  94. Increasing access to life-saving medication

    Drug Deaths Taskforce funds ‘take-home naloxone’ programme.

  95. Minimum unit pricing of alcohol - sales to trade: consultation analysis

    Analysis and SG response to consultation on clarifying the position for certain wholesalers regarding compliance with minimum unit pricing of alcohol.

  96. Call for immediate engagement on drugs deaths

    Public Health Minister writes to the Home Secretary.

  97. Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS): national overview 2018

    Overview of findings on alcohol, drug use and smoking from the 2018 wave of the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS).

  98. Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS): technical report 2018

    Information on the fieldwork and data processing for the 2018 Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS).

  99. Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS): alcohol report 2018

    Findings on alcohol from the 2018 wave of the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS).

  100. Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS): smoking report 2018

    Findings on smoking and e-cigarettes from the 2018 wave of the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS).

  101. Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS): drug use report 2018

    Findings on drug use from the 2018 wave of the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS).

  102. First Minister leads Scottish delegation to British-Irish Council

    Tackling substance misuse on the agenda.

  103. First drug deaths meeting takes place in Edinburgh

    People with lived experience will help shape services.

  104. Taskforce to tackle drug deaths emergency

    £20m to support expert group to reduce drug harms.

  105. Renewed call for Home Office action on drug deaths

    Public Health Minister writes to Home Secretary.

  106. Call for urgent meeting on drug deaths

    Public Health Minister writes to the Home Secretary.

  107. Alcohol and Drug Partnerships: delivery framework

    Framework for local partnerships between health boards, local authorities, police and voluntary agencies working to reduce the use of and harms from alcohol and drugs. 

  108. Statistics show highest ever level of drug deaths

    Minister calls for consumption room approval.

  109. 1,187 drug-deaths in 2018: up 27% in a year

    National Statistics publication for Scotland.

  110. Chair of new Drug Deaths Taskforce appointed

    Professor Catriona Matheson will lead the group.

  111. Alcohol sales fall to 25 year low

    Signs of impact of minimum unit pricing on alcohol sales.

  112. Drug Seizures and Offender Characteristics, 2017-18

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  113. Drug seizures and offender characteristics: 2017-2018

    Statistical bulletin on drug seizures recorded by Police Scotland in 2017-2018.

  114. New drug driving laws and roadside testing to improve road safety

    Zero tolerance for people caught driving with illegal drugs in their system.

  115. Drink-drive limit: policy

    Information on the drink-drive limit in Scotland and the policy behind it.

  116. Improving alcohol and drug treatment

    National strategy focuses on people’s needs and their families.

  117. Rights, respect and recovery: alcohol and drug treatment strategy

    Scotland’s strategy to improve health by preventing and reducing alcohol and drug use, harm and related deaths.

  118. Alcohol Framework 2018

    Updated framework setting out our national prevention aims on alcohol.

  119. Alcohol brief interventions: national guidance

    Sets out national guidance for the Alcohol Brief Interventions (ABI) Local Delivery Plan (LDP) standard.

  120. Alcohol and drug treatment strategy

    Combined approach to be published next year.

  121. Lower-risk drinking guidelines: factsheet

    Information on the lower-risk drinking guidelines for men and women that were introduced on 8 January 2016.

  122. Local partnerships on alcohol and drugs: framework

    This is a joint Scottish Government, CoSLA and NHS framework which clarifies the roles, responsibilities and accountability of all bodies involved in tackling alcohol and drugs problems.

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