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Public Health Scotland. (2020) Prevalence of problem drug use in Scotland 2015/16. A review of definitions and statistical methods. Edinburgh: Public Health Scotland.

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This release by Public Health Scotland (PHS) provides a follow-up to previously published estimates of the prevalence of Problem Drug Use (PDU) in Scotland between April 2015 and March 2016. The original definition was limited to opioids and benzodiazepines. Using data collected for the original study, broader definitions of PDU have been constructed for Scotland based on the addition of substances such as cocaine (including crack cocaine), amphetamines (including amphetamine-type substances) and cannabis (including synthetic cannabinoids).

This release presents patterns in the resulting estimates at Scotland level and explains limitations in the wider application of the estimation approach in a review of the underlying statistical methods and data sources.


Item Type
Report
Publication Type
International, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
General / Comprehensive
Date
June 2020
Pages
37 p.
Publisher
Public Health Scotland
Corporate Creators
Public Health Scotland
Place of Publication
Edinburgh
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