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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10699: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 10 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what support is offered to help people with substance abuse problems.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 24 August 2017

We continue to provide leadership and support in the delivery of the Scottish Government drugs strategy, Road to Recovery, which secured cross party support and have invested over £630 million since 2008 to tackle problem substance use. We have improved access to treatment by the introduction of a drugs and alcohol treatment waiting times LDP standard that continues to be met and exceeded. We are now investing significantly in supporting services to improve the quality of services, publishing the quality principles, and embedding improvement. Initiatives to support prevention and education continue to be supported and improved at a national level by Scottish Government.

We recently announced a refresh of the drugs strategy at the ‘Drugs through a Health Lens’ conference at the end of July. It is intended that this will allow the strategy to better reflect the changing patterns of drug use, and the changing landscape within which services are delivered.