About this release
This data release by Public Health Scotland reports on waiting times for people accessing specialist drug and alcohol treatment services between 1 January and 31 March 2022. In 2011, the Scottish Government set a Standard that 90% of people referred for help with problematic drug or alcohol use will wait no longer than three weeks for specialist treatment that supports their recovery.
Data from Shetland Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP), and 12 services, out of the remaining 204 services, have been excluded from this release as they were unable to confirm that their data were accurate and up-to-date within the specified timescale.
- Of the 8,202 referrals to community-based specialist drug and alcohol treatment services completed in this quarter, 92% involved a wait of three weeks or less.
- Nine of the 13 NHS Boards reporting data met the Standard during the quarter. NHS Western Isles (89%), NHS Lothian (81%), NHS Highland (78%) and NHS Tayside (63%) did not meet the Standard.
- Of the treatment referrals completed in this quarter, 4,619 were for people seeking help for problematic use of alcohol, 2,694 for problematic use of drugs and 889 for problematic use of both alcohol and drugs (co-dependency).
- The percentage of referrals completed within three weeks was similar across the groups of problematic substance use: alcohol (91%), drug (92%) and co-dependency (93%).
- At the end of the quarter, 2,699 treatment referrals were not complete. Of these, 822 (30%) referrals involved a wait of at least three weeks.
- Of the 343 referrals to prison-based specialist drug and alcohol treatment services completed within this quarter, 97% involved a wait of three weeks or less. Of these, 271 (79%) were for people seeking help for problematic use of drugs.
Note: NHS Shetland is excluded from these data.
These data were extracted from the new Drug and Alcohol Information System (DAISy) and its predecessor the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times (DATWT) database. DAISy was implemented in four NHS Boards (Ayrshire & Arran, Dumfries & Galloway, Grampian and Western Isles) from December 2020, and was available in all NHS Boards from April 2021.
The next release of this publication will be 27 September 2022.
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