Past Research

The Centre for Drug Misuse Research opened in 1994 undertaking research into the use and misuse of both legal and illegal drugs. Past work undertaken by staff within the centre has included the largest evaluation ever undertaken of drug treatment services in Scotland, research on the link between drug use and prostitution, research on the link between weapons carrying and drug use amongst young people in Scotland, research on the factors associated with non-fatal drug overdose in Scotland, research on the impact of parental drug use on children. Much of the research undertaken by staff within the centre has influenced UK policy within each of these areas- for example the development of a recovery focus in UK drug treatment policy was heavily influenced by the CSUR research on the views and experiences of drug users starting drug treatment in Scotland. Similarly, research undertaken by staff within the centre led to the development and use of the capture/recapture methodology for estimating the prevalence of problem drug use that has been widely used within the UK and EU. Research within the centre on the impact of parental drug use on children contributed to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs “Hidden Harm” report. Examples of past research undertaken by centre staff include:

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Drug Abuse Treatment Services: The DORIS Study

Recovering from Dependent Drug Use

Research with Children and Young People