Today we launch our latest drug trend report covering 2017 to 2019. We have included information about the most commonly used drugs in Scotland, emerging trends and have provided context to the recently released drug-related death statistics.
We hope the report is accessible, informative and helps everyone understand the current situation we are seeing around drug use in Scotland today.
New psychoactive substances have dominated drug trends in the last decade, from a high of 84% of Crew’s counselling clients reporting their use in 2015/16, to a low of 5% in 2017/18.
Drug-related harm in Scotland is rising. The harms caused by drugs and drugs legislation are wide-ranging and, in this report we discuss what they are and how they impact on individuals, families and society. This includes drug-related death, the ultimate drug-related harm, and we delve into the details behind the figures.