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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10474: Iain Gray (East Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 25 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking or plans to invest in drug education and prevention for young people and school pupils in the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 12 September 2017

The interventions we directly support will also be aligned with evidence from the review. This includes the ‘Choices for Life’ substance misuse education programme for school children, delivered in partnership with Young Scot and Police Scotland. Proactive targeting of interventions to address emerging local trends is part of this work.

The Scottish Government has recently reviewed the types of substance misuse education and prevention interventions for which there is evidence of effectiveness. This work will inform policy making and best practice guidance for Scottish local authorities, including North Lanarkshire council.

It is the responsibility of local authorities and schools to determine how they will best resource and deliver substance misuse education to suit the children and young people in their area, in line with the Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes. The level of drug taking among young people remains low (Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey published 25 October 2016).