Report for Aberdeen Community Planning Partnership
City Voice – 32nd Questionnaire, August 2014
Aberdeen City Voice is the name given to a panel of Aberdeen residents who are contacted on a regular basis and asked for their views on a range of issues. This is the report of the 32nd questionnaire, which covered the following topics:
• Legal Highs
• Wellbeing from age 65+
• Physical activity
• Open spaces
• Quality of life
• Winter maintenance
Estimating the National and Local Prevalence of Problem Drug Use in Scotland 2012/13
Publication date – 28th October 2014
This report provides estimates of the national and local prevalence of problem drug use for those aged 15 to 64 in Scotland between April 2012 and March 2013. For this purpose, problem drug use is defined as the problematic use of opiates (including illicit and prescribed methadone use) and/or the illicit use of benzodiazepines and implies routine and prolonged use as opposed to recreational and occasional drug use. These estimates provide an update to the previous estimates which were published by ISD in November 2011 covering problem drug use for those aged 15 to 64 in Scotland between April 2009 and March 2010. We are again reporting our estimates on the basis of financial year in order to align with the reporting of problem drug use estimates across other UK administrations.
Drug Driving: Proposed Regulations
The consultation seeks views on the government’s preferred policy option of making it an offence to drive if any of 17 controlled drugs are found in blood over a specified limit.
A zero tolerance approach to the limits is proposed for 8 drugs most associated with illegal use. A road safety risk approach to the limits is proposed for 8 drugs most associated with medical uses. For a further controlled drug, amphetamine, a limit is not proposed in this consultation but the government is seeking views on what a suitable limit might be because this drug has both significant illegal and medical use.
For a list of forthcoming consultations (local and national), please visit the Community Planning Aberdeen Website.