The quarterly trend for Scotland as a whole since data collection began shows little change in performance. Of the 11,229 people who started their first treatment in the most recent quarter, 95.0% waited three weeks or less.
For the 5,894 people seeking alcohol treatment, 94.9% waited three weeks or less.
For the 5,335 people seeking drug treatment, 95.0% waited three weeks or less.
11 out of the 14 NHS Boards met the standard. NHS Boards that did not meet the standard were NHS Highland, NHS Lothian, and NHS Shetland.
In prisons, 1006 people started their first drug or alcohol treatment between July-September 2019 with 93.7% waiting three weeks or less.
At the end of this quarter, 2,664 people were waiting to start their first drug or alcohol treatment, of which 229 (8.6%) had been waiting more than six weeks. This is similar to the same quarter last year when 223 (7.4%) people were waiting more than six weeks.””
Opposition politicians love to harp on about money being cut from the service. Maybe it has been but it still seems to be functioning. As with treatment for any addiction it is the addict who needs to take the first step. You can’t pull them off the street and beat the addiction out of them.