Drug use

Drugs use is a health problem that can affect not only the users themselves but the community in which they live.

The Scottish Government's national drugs strategy published in 2008, The Road to Recovery: A New Approach to Tackling Scotland’s Drug Problem, focuses on recovery but also looks at prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, education, enforcement and protection of children.

Help for people using drugs in East Lothian

Midlothian and East Lothian Drug and Alcohol Partnership is a partnership which together raise awareness of the work that is being done to reduce the harm caused to individuals, families and communities by the use of alcohol and drugs. If you or someone you know has a problem with drugs, and you need help or advice, you can talk to your GP or you can attend one of the Gateway to Recovery Clinics drop-in clinics throughout East and Midlothian:

  • Monday: East Lothian Community Hospital, Haddington 1pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday: Midlothian Substance Misuse Service, Glenesk Centre, Dalkeith 11am to 4pm
  • Thursday: East Lothian Substance Misuse Centre, The Esk Centre, Musselburgh 11am to 4pm
  • Friday: Eastfield Health Centre, Logan Lea Centre, Penicuik 9:30am to 12:30pm

The Clinics are run by NHS and voluntary sector services who provide a comprehensive assessment for people trying to regain control of their lives and overcome problems caused or affected by alcohol and drugs.

You can find information about other drugs-related services that are available at Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services pages 

For immediate advice at any time of the day contact NHS 24 on 08454 242424. 

Useful websites

The websites listed below carry more information and advice about drugs misuse in Scotland: