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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03801: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 17 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many people with drug addictions have been supported to cease drug use completely in each year since the Road to Recovery strategy was launched in 2008.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 2 November 2016

It is not possible to say how many people have ceased drug use completely since the publication of The Road to Recovery as this information is not held centrally. The Scottish Government is currently working closely with Information Services Division Scotland, national commissioned organisations, ADPs and services to develop a new data collection system (Drug and Alcohol Information System ) which will collect and report on drug and alcohol treatment and outcomes information, including abstinence.

Recovery for some individuals is not the same as abstinence. The Road to Recovery set out the importance of developing a system of care which ensured that individuals were offered a treatment and recovery package that best met their needs and aspirations.