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Latest Publications

Published: 04 April 2017
Scottish Drugs Misuse Database: Annual Report, 2015/16 Report
Publication Summary Download pdf file [187kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [939kb]
Published: 28 March 2017
National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times
Publication Summary Download pdf file [284kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [532kb]
Published: 20 December 2016
National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times
Publication Summary Download pdf file [416kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [918kb]

The Health Improvement Drug & Alcohol Team at ISD strives to provide policy makers and practitioners with timely, robust and clear information and intelligence about alcohol and drug misuse and their consequences. The Drug & Alcohol team is, since the restructuring in 2012, part of the Health Improvement service area, which also includes Public Health (ScotPHO) and Smoking Cessation.

Team role

Both drug and alcohol misuse are major public health problems in Scotland today. The Health Improvement Drug & Alcohol Team at ISD provides information at national and local level to support the monitoring of national strategies and for planning and delivery of treatment services. Particular activities include:

  • producing quality assured national statistics on alcohol and drug misuse
  • contributions to policy and practice development, and measurement of performance at national and local levels
  • identify and address information gaps through key developmental projects
  • project manage key national studies as required by the Scottish Government

Information sources the team draws on include:

  • the Scottish Drug Misuse Database,
  • hospital discharges (acute, psychiatric and maternity),
  • information from various population surveys,
  • National drug-related deaths database.

New Developments

Drug & Alcohol Information System (DAISy)

After a successful consultation period on the proposed Drug & Alcohol Information System (DAISy), where we received valuable input from stakeholders, the DAISy Project Team have been leading on several work streams, with membership from a range of representatives from Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs), specialist services and national organisations, to address many of the concerns raised.

The first work stream looked at the comments received around the data items and developed a draft dataset which was recently circulated to stakeholders for final comment. This group will then consider these final comments before the dataset is presented to the DAISy Project Board for approval.

The Information Governance work stream recently held its first meeting, with a remit to consider issues around collecting client identifiable data as well as developing necessary information leaflets for clients and staff.

Further streams will look at reporting, data definitions and guidance and training materials.

A separate piece of work has been undertaken to review the various data collection systems currently in use to ensure that any IT solution that is chosen for DAISy can appropriately integrate with these existing systems and reduce duplication of effort at service level. The outcome of this valuable piece of work will feed in to the Business Case for DAISy and we expect to be in a position to share the results of this exercise with stakeholders towards the end of the summer. At this time associated timescales for implementation of a new DAISy system will also be outlined.

If you would like further information on the DAISy project please contact the Project Manager, Lindsay Mathie via: or 0141 282 2267.

Move of information from Drug Misuse Information Scotland and Alcohol Information Scotland web sites to ScotPHO - the two websites and have been decommissioned and all relevant information has been shifted to the ScotPHO Alcohol and Drug web pages.

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