Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2009: Public Attitudes to Drugs and Drug Use in Scotland

DescriptionA report on the findings from the 2009 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey Module about public attitudes towards illegal drugs and drug misuse in Scotland.
ISBN978 07559 93390
Official Print Publication DateMay 2010
Website Publication DateMay 25, 2010

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Rachel Ormston, Paul Bradshaw & Simon Anderson, Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen)
ISBN 978 0 7559 9339 0 (Web only publication)
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This Report is also accompanied by a Research Findings

CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
General views and experiences of drug use
Views of heroin users and heroin use
Attitudes towards policy responses to serious drug misuse
Conclusions

1 INTRODUCTION
Policy background
Research objectives and challenges
About the Scottish Social Attitudes survey
Analysis and reporting conventions
Report overview

2 GENERAL VIEWS AND EXPERIENCES OF DRUG USE
Introduction
Direct experience of cannabis use
Indirect exposure to illegal drugs
Drug use among friends/family members
Problems of discarded needles
Attitudes towards legalisation and enforcement of cannabis use
Attitudes towards cocaine use and drug use as normal behaviour
Occasional cocaine use
Drug misuse as a 'normal' part of life
Summary

3 ATTITUDES TO HEROIN USERS AND HEROIN USE
Introduction
Beliefs about the causes of persistent heroin use
Attitudes towards contact with heroin users
Summary

4 ATTITUDES TOWARDS POLICY RESPONSES AND 'RECOVERY' IN RELATION TO SERIOUS DRUG MISUSE
Introduction
Broad policy direction
Attitudes towards prosecution for heroin possession
Attitudes towards harm reduction
Attitudes towards recovery
Achieving recovery
Attitudes towards heroin-using parents
Belief about whether recovered addicts can be good parents
Attitudes to policy responses to parental heroin use
Summary

5 CONCLUSIONS

REFERENCES

ANNEX A -TECHNICAL DETAILS OF THE SURVEY
The Scottish Social Attitudes series
The 2009 survey
Sample design
Response rates
Weighting
Fieldwork
Analysis variables
National Statistics Socio-Economic Classification ( NS- SEC)
Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation ( SIMD)
Analysis techniques

ANNEX B - QUESTIONNAIRE

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Government Social Research website only
www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch.