ADP NPS Multi-Agency Briefing August 2016

This Multi-Agency Briefing paper is designed as a quick reference guide for information around New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) for various professionals.

NPS Packets Various

Treatment of Drug Dependence – What you need to know

Opiate Replacement Therapy for Heroin and Opioid Dependence – information an for family members and significant others. An excellent resource for families around ORT. This booklet can be downloaded via the above link. This leaflet was written by members of the former Grampian Family Support Forum with Technical Review by the Grampian Specialist Pharmacists in Substance Misuse.

Grampian Health Promoting School – Substance Misuse Pack
4rd Edition – February 2019

Substance Misuse Pack - 3rd edition, June 2016_Page_01

Substance Misuse education is no different from any other topic within Curriculum for Excellence. The approach required to address this should encompass the range of factors that contribute to the delivery of effective substance misuse education as highlighted on page 9 and do not require a unique set of skills. It can be utilised both in school and in wider settings.
This document is not prescriptive. It does not include lesson plans and is not designed to be read from cover to cover. It is intended to be used as a reference and guide for staff when developing their own substance misuse lessons or cross curriculum pieces of work which can incorporate aspects of substance misuse education. Pages 3 – 22 will be of interest as an overview and thereafter staff can dip into the appropriate section for their individual class stage. The pack is intended to be progressive and builds and consolidates on earlier learning.
Staff may need to identify the use of appropriate vocabulary / language for their classes before embarking on a particular topic for discussion.
Links provided throughout the document highlight credible and accurate information. The most up to date evidence or examples of good practice are included and these can be used or adapted for the classroom. Staff can contact the Alcohol & Drug Partnerships (ADPs) or their Health & Wellbeing Officers for further guidance or advice if necessary. Updates will be provided on a regular basis. Queries or feedback should be directed to the ADP contacts below.
Aberdeen: Web:
Aberdeenshire: Web:
Moray: Web:
The Alcohol and Drug Prevention Briefing Paper produced by Mentor-ADEPIS (UK) on the subject of Delivering alcohol and drug education: Advice for teachers also provides helpful advice.
The skills and attitudes learned across the Health and Wellbeing curriculum in mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing; planning for choices and changes; physical education, physical activity and sport; food and health; relationships, sexual health and parenthood are all applicable to substance misuse education.


Crew was developed in 1992, in response to the rapid expansion of recreational drug use. We provide up-to-date information on the drugs that people are taking so they can make informed decisions about their own health. This is achieved using a stepped care approach and through collaboration with volunteers, service users and professionals.

Updated CREW Booklet – New Psychoactive Drugs
Please download our freshly updated guidebook “New Psychoactive Drugs” just released. It is a great resource on current commonly used substances, where they fit on the “Drugs Wheel,” plus harm reduction and referral advice. Hard copies of the booklet restocked due to high demand. Email to place an order.

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are chemicals that can have mood enhancing properties but are not always controlled by drug laws. They are commonly known as ‘legal highs’ which can be misleading as it might imply that these substances are safe and legal which is not always true. They can be designed to mimic the effects of illegal drugs such as cannabis, LSD and cocaine; the appearance will vary depending on the drug but most NPS are chemicals produced in a lab and come in powder, pill or herbal form.

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) resource pack
In response to the NPS expert paneI, the government committed to developing a NPS resource pack for informal educators and frontline practitioners to use to prevent drug taking amongst young people. The pack has been created alongside drug treatment partners. Written for those working with young people, the pack includes:

  • facts and information about NPS
  • case studies on working with young people who use NPS
  • resources to help start conversations about NPS with young people
  • references for further help and information

Is It Worth It? Videos and Resources

Unight Aberdeen is a partnership of Aberdeen city centre night-time venues, Grampian Police and the Safer Aberdeen partnership. The Unight Aberdeen resource ‘Is It Worth It’ was developed in local partnership in order to highlight consequences for young people who may try to enter licensed premises using fake, false, borrowed or stolen ID as proof of legal age for entry and consumption of alcohol. This has become an important issue as legislation relating to the use of falsified identification was changed with the introduction of the Identity Documents Act (2010). Included within the Act is legislation that specifies that possession or use of false identity documents is a criminal offence. As a result this resource has been developed in order to raise awareness of the new legislation and its potential consequences for all young people who live within Aberdeen City.

Is It Worth It?

This resource is intended to be used by teachers or other professionals such as youth workers working with secondary school-aged young people.

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Trouble with Alcohol


Trouble with Alcohol – Trainer Notes

Trouble with Alcohol DVD:

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Chapter 2Download Chapter 2

Chapter 3Download Chapter 3

Chapter 4Download Chapter 4

Chapter 5Download Chapter 5

Chapter 6Download Chapter 6

Chapter 7Download Chapter 7

Chapter 8Download Chapter 8

Trouble With Alcohol DVD Resource Evaluation


Current Evidence, Reference and Guidance on Addictions
Current Evidence, Reference and Guidance on Addictions (CERGA) is a Grampian-wide group of professionals that have an interest in the field of addictions.  They work with the University of Aberdeen to share the use of the best available evidence in support of decision-making and practice development.

Regular Services

Quarterly Literature Search
The quarterly literature search is a reference document which offers an excellent, at a glance method of keeping up to date with the most recently published evidence.  Titles and abstracts of papers, from a range of scholarly publications are grouped by topics of interest.

Rapid Literature Reviews (4 per year)
CERGA will conduct a review of the best available evidence in response to topic suggestions brought to the group from people whose work has an impact on substance use problems. E.g. Do the children of parents prohibiting their children from drinking before age 18 have better long-term alcohol consumption outcomes than those children that are permitted a controlled level of alcohol in their home before the age of 18?  A paper is produced by the University of Aberdeen using databases of literature and a practical, local point of view is then offered by the members of the group.  The findings and recommendations are usually then posted on the CERGA Hi-Net page
Anyone can submit a topic suggestion using the attached form.  All suggestions or questions that are submitted are discussed by the experts around the CERGA table and any quick solutions, advice or sources of information that the group know of will be fed back.  If the group agrees that they are able to continue with the suggestion it will be added to the CERGA workplan. The topics are approached in an order of importance as indicated by local priorities. Anyone submitting a topic suggestion that CERGA is unable to pursue will receive advice and support to find other methods of finding what they need.

Audit or Project
The group can be asked to give their feedback on quality assurance frameworks, standard setting, monitoring, clinical audit, reporting and local guidelines that are being developed in Grampian.

Email Alert
When a new paper is placed on the CERGA web page an email alert is sent to a large distribution list.  To be added to this list please contact

Topic Suggestion
Please submit your suggestion/s to Lynn Sutherland, Public Health Officer, Substance Misuse, Summerfield House, 2 Eday Road, Aberdeen, AB15 6RE – Tel. 01224 558570

SCCR Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution

Improving relationships.

Improving lives…


Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR) is a national resource promoting and supporting best practice in family conflict resolution and early intervention.

Training & resources
Conflict can arise when there are disagreements over: views, values or actions and interests or needs are not being met. Conflict can also be an opportunity for change. The SCCR offers a range of conflict resolution training options.

Practitioners and Professionals
This training will provide participants with the knowledge and skills base that will compliment or enhance existing conflict resolution knowledge and skills.

Understand, Communicate and Resolve
Sample handouts and session content:

Parents and/or Carers
This training will provide participants with an understanding of conflict prevention and resolution skills, and the ability to reflect and build upon existing skills.

Recognise, Reflect and Resolve
Sample handouts and session content:

Young People
This training will provide young people with an understanding of (relationship) conflict that will allow them to reflect on behaviours and explore conflict prevention and resolution.

Stop, Think and Chill – Let’s work it out
Sample handouts and session content:

Bespoke training
The SCCR designs and delivers training for organisations and groups across Scotland. If you are interested in hosting a training event, please contact Duncan Gordon (Trainer)

Promoting Family Recovery Across Scotland
This briefing paper provides a brief discussion of what it means to be impacted by a loved one’s substance misuse and outlines the services ‘Scottish Families’ can provide.
Rory Resource
Alcohol Focus Scotland
Rory is a resource aimed at primary school children. The resource pack is based on the Rory storybook which tells the story of a dog who can’t understand why his owner is acting a certain way, until it’s explained to him that his owner drinks too much alcohol.

Why Not Find Out

This website is designed to provide you with the information you need to help you make informed decisions about legal highs.

The content of this site is provided by independent advisors including leading experts in toxicology.

Grampian Substance Misuse Alert Cascade Protocol

The new Grampian Substance Misuse Alert Cascade Protocol aims to support agencies that work with substance using clients to manage risk information and be confident that appropriate messages will reach those that need to know. The system will also become a repository for pieces of intelligence that might gain relevance with accumulation.
For Aberdeen City based non-NHS staff or organisations, who may wish to be added to the distribution list for the cascade to email their request to:


Volatile Substance Abuse eLearning Resource

We are pleased to launch our new Volatile Substance Abuse (VSA) e-learning resource for the Alcohol and Drug Partnership workforce. This resource was developed with funding from the Scottish Government and with support from NHS Scotland. Re-Solv would like to thank the Scottish Government for supporting VSA prevention.

Unrecognised and under-reported: the impact of alcohol on people other than the drinker in Scotland

Alcohol Focus Scotland

This briefing provides a summary of a research study which was commissioned by Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) in 2012 to better understand the scale and magnitude of alcohol’s harm to people other than the drinker in Scotland.

Trauma and Recovery amongst Drug Injectors: Report

For many in the cohort, drug injecting appears to have been a dysfunctional coping response to serious traumas or life difficulties which had often not been recognised before problem drug use developed. Heroin injecting serves to obliterate thoughts and worries, including about trauma. Problem drug use often adds further trauma and life difficulties to pre-existing ones, which can escalate drug use further.

Sobering Up

Britain’s relationship with alcohol is mixed. Alcohol is deeply engrained in the British economy and communal life. Evidence shows that overall we are drinking less than we were a decade ago. Yet, the harms of Britain’s alcohol consumption are well known through press stories and our personal experiences. Some communities suffer from severe problems related to underage drinking, the harms of binge drinking, and dependent street drinkers.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Hiding in Plain Sight

Aberdeen City Alcohol & Drug Partnership (ADP) sponsored conference held on Thursday 7th November and repeated Friday 8th November 2013 at Aberdeen Curl, Eday Road.

The conference was open to all City based agencies and professionals, including carers with an interest and/or role around Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum (FAS).

FASD the result of maternal alcohol consumption can be caused at any time during pregnancy. A mother does not need to be an alcoholic to have a baby affected by these disorders. Children, young people and adults with FASD are affected in different ways and to different degrees, depending on what stage of pregnancy alcohol was consumed.

For a copy of the presentations and summary of resources please click link below:

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Hiding in Plain Sight

FASD Awareness Toolkit 2013

Inside this toolkit, you will find information and tools to help you raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) The term FASD refers to the range of permanent and irreversible birth defects caused by maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy.Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is the most readily recognisable presentation of FASD.Affected individuals are unlikely to attain their full potential and will require additional services to help them with everyday life.

Fetal Alcohol Harm: A Learning Resource NHS Education Scotland

Launched recently and available, free, via the Knowledge network, this resource has been developed to support a range of activities led by the Scottish Government to substantially reduce the harm caused by alcohol consumption in pregnancy across Scotland.

Pregnancy Parenting and Alcohol

This booklet has been developed to help support women to make informed choices about drinking alcohol and its effects when they are: planning a pregnancy, pregnant, or a parent.