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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09533: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 30 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the findings of the 2017 Global Drug Survey, which suggeststhat people addicted to cocaine, ecstasy and alcohol are having to attend A&E departments as most drugs services are focused on heroin.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 7 June 2017

The Scottish Government's drug strategy 'The Road to Recovery' is focused on addressing problem drug use in society, whether this relates to heroin, cocaine or any other substance. Since the publication of that strategy in 2008, the Scottish Government has invested over £630 million in tackling problem alcohol and drug use, with the bulk of our funding, £574 million, being provided via NHS Health Boards to Scotland’s 30 Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs).

Responsibility for the commissioning and provision of specific drug and treatment services is devolved to these ADPs, to allow them to take account of local needs, circumstances and resources. It is for individual NHS boards, local authorities and ADPs to ensure that these services are evidence-based, person-centred, recovery-focused and meet the needs of their resident populations.