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Drug & Alcohol Information System

Drugs and Alcohol Misuse

NHS National Services Scotland ISD Scotland & NHS National Services Scotland


ISD were commissioned in 2011 by the Scottish Government to develop a database that would collect and report on Alcohol Treatment Outcomes (ATO) to provide valuable information on those entering specialist alcohol treatment services, their journey through them and their related outcomes. After some careful consideration, it was agreed to expand the remit to investigate the feasibility of developing a single system that would cover Scottish Drug Misuse Data (SMR 25a/b), Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times (DATWT) as well as the ATO data. By developing a single system it is hoped that the amount of data entry required by Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs) and Specialist Services will reduce and go some way to ensure data quality and completeness can be managed more effectively.

The aim of this project is to support the care of clients accessing and receiving specialist drug and alcohol treatment through improved service planning and design, informed by improved information and data collection. This aim will be met by achieving the following objectives:

  • Build a data collection system to collect drug and alcohol treatment and outcome data from those delivering specialist drug and alcohol interventions.
  • Develop and deliver training and guidance materials.
  • Develop analytical and reporting mechanisms for the information collected.
  • Support ISD’s active engagement with ADPs by giving them an opportunity to shape this project as key stakeholders and demonstrate a pro-active response to their needs.
  • Support local and national decision making for planning and delivering specialist drug and alcohol services.


The project will include:

  • data from services delivering tier 3 and tier 4 alcohol and drug treatment interventions:
  • data collected by all practitioners managing the treatment of clients for the above tiers of interventions.

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