National Mission on Drugs: annual report 2021 to 2022

Sets out the progress made between January 2021 and 31 March 2022 by national government, local government and third sector partners towards reducing drug deaths and improving the lives of those impacted by drugs in Scotland.


a) The evaluation of the National Mission will be carried out by PHS. It should be noted that this annual report serves only as a starting point for evaluation in terms of summarising the existing data landscape, and describing and highlighting key trends of published data. The approach taken by the evaluation may differ from how various data is presented here.

b) Previously known as We Are With You.

c) Alcohol and drugs - National mission

d) Health and Wellbeing Census, Scottish Government

e) Number and type of drug seizures made by Police Scotland. Does not include information on drugs seized by the UK Border Force or British Transport Police, or as a result of Police Scotland activity which led to drugs being seized out-with Scotland.

f) These statistics relate to all inpatient and day cases discharged from general acute and psychiatric hospitals; attendances at Accident & Emergency that do not result in a hospital admission are not included. Rates referred to are European Age-sex Standardised Rates (EASR) per 100,000 population.

g) 'Reach' (percentage of people at risk of an opioid overdose who have been supplied with THN) is estimated by quantifying how many individuals at risk of opioid overdose have been supplied with THN. In order to do this, only first supplies (excluding repeat supplies and spare supplies) to people at risk of opioid overdose (excluding supplies made to service workers and family/friends) are counted. Within a specific time period, 'reach' effectively corresponds to the number of 'at risk' individuals newly supplied with THN and is therefore lower than the total number of kits distributed during that period.

h) Note that this report only covers eight months of data for four NHS Boards (Ayrshire & Arran, Dumfries & Galloway, Grampian and Western Isles) who were early adopters of the Drug and Alcohol Information System.

i) These figures were previously incorrectly reported as 528 total placements and 12 prison to rehab placements. A correction was made on 23 November 2022

j) Alcohol and Drugs Policy refers to Level 4 budget for 2021/22. Level 3 budget data is provided in lines 97 (Reducing Drug Deaths) and 98 (Alcohol and Drugs): Supporting documents - Scottish Budget 2022 to 2023 - ( Alcohol and Drugs budget details are provided for both 2021/22 and 2022/23.

k) The total refers to Alcohol and Drugs budget of £23,187m and £11m of the Reducing Drug Deaths budget.

l) Reducing Drug Deaths budget is inclusive of National Mission funding.

m) includes £3m allocated from DDTF funding.

n) includes £3.15m for second year of funding programme.

o) includes alcohol budget and Taskforce second year of research fund programme



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