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keep off the gear n njoy a wee beer

alcohol is also a big problem too tango mate but know where your coming from "keep off the gear n njoy a wee beer"

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Sheriff's 'midnight culture' fears...

Sheriff Kevin Drummond is at the sharp end of dealing with some of the problems caused by alcohol.

Here he describes the extent of the problem, and his view on what should be done.

Sheriff Kevin Drummond
Sheriff Drummond said many cases were alcohol related...

Many of the cases in the Scottish Borders which come before the sheriff have a clear link to drink.

It is the number of young people involved in particular which he feels needs to be addressed.

He explains: "I have carried out a pretty unscientific trawl of my own notes and over the past three months almost precisely 80% of the cases which have come through my court have been alcohol-related."

He describes the situation with young people as "pretty depressing" and not only for the criminal consequences.

"We are seeing more and more who are having health consequences at a younger and younger age," he says.

The sheriff believes that is clear evidence that not enough is being done to tackle the problem - despite significant government spending.

"My impression, for what it is worth, is that there is not the public appreciation of the extent of the problem," he says.

"It is a serious problem in our communities."

We need to do more to help to try to assist our young people in getting away from the problems of excessive alcohol consumption
Sheriff Kevin Drummond...

Sheriff Drummond uses the term "midnight culture" to sum up the way of living of many teenagers and young adults.

He describes it is a lifestyle in which "excessive alcohol consumption, fighting, violence and vandalism" are common features.

"We need to do more to help to try to assist our young people in getting away from the problems of excessive alcohol consumption," he says.

'Sufficient resources'

He feels it is easy to believe that people could solve their own problems if they wanted too.

"There is probably a perception that somewhere out there there are more than sufficient resources or more than sufficient agencies to be able to deal with these problems if people want to take advantage of them," he says.

"Experience tends to suggest that that is not the case."

He is even aware of cases where people have committed crimes in order to "leapfrog the queue" to get treatment for their alcohol problems.

The only answer, he believes, is offering more assistance - particularly for young people trying to tackle their drinking.

Otherwise, his court is likely to be dealing with the consequences of the issue for some time to come.


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Scotland's £400,000-an-hour drug habit...

SCOTLAND'S drug users spend £1.4 billion a year feeding their habit, resulting in social costs totalling almost £3.5bn annually – equivalent to £400,000 per hour.

 
The toll includes the price of treating drug users in the NHS, the cost to the criminal justice system and social care, as well as wider costs to the economy and society.

The research, commissioned by the Scottish Government, also shows that the
number of drug users across the country is continuing to increase.

However, the authors of the two reports have criticised the way data is collected in Scotland, saying it is impossible to paint an accurate picture.

It is believed that there were 55,328 problem drug users across Scotland in 2006 – an increase of almost 4,000 from the figure from the previous survey in 2003.

It also found that there were an estimated 23,933 addicts who were injecting drugs, with this figure again higher than in 2003.

Glasgow remains the worst affected area, with one in every 75 people between the ages of 16 and 64 injecting.

Fergus Ewing, community safety minister, said the studies provided "the fullest picture ever obtained about the extent of the damage that drug misuse brings to communities".

He added: "It shows the scale of the problem both in human terms and in financial terms."

The researchers estimated that just over 90 per cent of problem drug users abused heroin, adding that this meant there could be 50,077 heroin users in Scotland.

They also calculated there were 15,697 problem drug users using crack cocaine, 18,019 using the heroin substitute methadone, 40,294 who were using cannabis, 6,136 taking amphetamines, 12,049 who were taking Ecstasy and 14,813 using cocaine.

Researchers said there were about 321,352 recreational drug users smoking or ingesting cannabis, while 100,111 people were believed to be taking cocaine on a recreational basis, 89,867 were estimated as being recreational users of Ecstasy and 63,791 were thought to be recreational users of amphetamine.

However, the authors of the studies – which were mainly carried out by researchers at the University of Glasgow – warned that the true scale of Scotland's drugs problem remains difficult to quantify due to the way statistics are gathered. The research calculated that, in 2006, problem drug users spent just over £900 million feeding their habit, while recreational drug users spent an estimated £518m. That means that the total value of the illegal drugs market was about £1.4bn.

David Liddell, director of Scottish Drugs Forum, said: "The figures come as no surprise and confirm largely what we already know – that Scotland continues to have one of the highest prevalence rates of problematic drug use in Europe."

Mr Liddell said that one of the most worrying aspects was the high level of injecting drug users.

He added: "These figures underline all too clearly why we must continue to invest in treatment, focus that investment on the most effective range of treatment, care and rehabilitation services – including areas like housing, family support and employability – and continue to address the underlying issues of poverty, deprivation and other social and health inequalities.

"These are overwhelmingly at the root of Scotland's drugs problem."
 
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Scale of drugs misuse too great to ignore - Community Safety Minister.


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The more we can do to help kids understand the dangers of drugs abuse the better!!

No let-up in Falkirk's drugs war


 


 

The fight against drugs continues in Falkirk
The fight against drugs continues in Falkirk

08 October 2009

THE ARMY of people fighting the war on drugs in the Falkirk area have vowed the battle will continue.

Latest figures show that the number of problem drug users locally is about half the Scottish average – but the message is that no-one can afford to be complacent.

Police enforcement, education and treatment will remain the priorities to rid communities of the scourge of illegal substances and the people dealing in misery.

Almost 900 people aged 15 to 64 living in the Falkirk Council area are classed as "problem drug users" who experience or cause social, psychological, physical, medical or legal problems because of their drug use.

Although some are likely to be in touch with drug treatment services, many others are not.

The addicts equate to 0.89 per cent of the local population, compared to the national average of 1.62 per cent.

In Scotland there are estimated to be over 55,000 problem drug users. Of these, 24,000 are injecting drugs – a 30 per cent increase in three years.

The full story is in this week's Falkirk Herald.

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The more we can do to help kids understand the dangers of drugs abuse the better!!
 
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Watched a programme the other night about kids being prescribed anti-psychotics disturbing seeing the effect on them surely there must be other ways of looking at kids behaviour instead of automatically labelling them as mentally ill  The only people who make out of this are the pharmaceutical companies making the drugs  Surley there must be something in human rights to stop the "force feeding " of these drugs

 

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JK  have a listen to this one and makes you think why have the media not picked up on this yet and are doctors are still prescribing them


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Heroin on NHS and shooting galleries rejected by Goverment

 

THE Scottish Government has rejected calls from its own advisers to set up
"shooting galleries" and prescribe heroin to drug addicts.


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Heroin 'role' in Peaches Geldof death

Peaches Geldof

Geldof had spoken openly about her struggle to deal with her mother's death - and of experimenting with drugs in her teenage years - but had cited motherhood as a central part of her "healing" process.


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This has been an important project for the Futures Forum, and a very important subject for Scotland.

Whatever your views and opinions of alcohol and drugs are, there is a good chance that ten other people will disagree with you. The Forum set out to bring different voices around the table and produce fresh, evidenced and unique debate around the future

of alcohol and drugs in Scotland. I believe that it has done so, through an imaginative systems approach.

The project has taken expert views, opinions and evidence and has produced a challenging piece of work. I am very grateful to Frank Pignatelli and his colleagues who have guided this project with skill and energy.

I hope that politicians, policy makers and practitioners will reflect on the project findings and also on the systemic approach it has developed. I hope too that every discussion and debate both at Holyrood and elsewhere for the foreseeable future will reflect back on the considerable learning to have come from this project.

Alex Fergusson MSP,
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Chair, Scotland’s Futures Forum The Scottish Parliament 


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