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Substance abuse problems in Scotland

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-6
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1986

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In the wake of a recent epidemic of substance abuse in Scotland the governmental and medical response has involved a departure from the longstanding policies in Britain. There has been a shift from the medical model to a more community based, minimal intervention model. There have also been a number of changes in legislation relating to substance abuse. It may take a number of years for the effects of these policy changes to be felt. However, the way has been made clear for new initiatives and Scotland is encouraging its inhabitants to take more responsibility for their own lives. A detailed cost benefit analysis of the policy changes is now indicated.

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