Stay safe this Christmas! Click here to download our winter safety alcohol and drug posters and information

December 17th, 2015

Stay safe this Christmas!

Please click here to download our posters and information on our winter safety campaign. Please phone 01851792021 if you would like copies by email.

Know the Score Cannabis Poster DRU27878_poster_Cannabis

Know the Score Cocaine Poster DRU27878_poster_Cocaine_(1)

Know the Score Ecstasy Poster DRU27878_poster_Ecstasy_(1)

Know the Score Legal Highs Poster Legal_highs_A4_Poster

Drinkaware ‘Cut back, feel better’ poster DRI27683_Equip_App_Campaign_A3_Poster with crop marks


Free Alcohol Focus Scotland training for early years and primary education staff/ students across the Hebrides

August 18th, 2015

Free training is currently available through the Outer Hebrides ADP on two alcohol resources that are widely used in Scotland – ‘Rory’ and ‘Oh Lila’!

Alcohol Focus Scotland training is available to early years and primary education staff to help build resilience and protective factors in young children, to help develop their social skills and encouraging them to communicate, as well as helping children to understand the feelings they might experience when living with someone who has an alcohol problem.

This training is available to all pre-school and primary school workers, as well as students who intend on working with children in the future. These skills are particularly helpful for children who are living with a problem drinking parent.

The Oh Lila! resource pack and training is suitable for use by nurseries and any organisation/service working with pre-school children and families.

The Rory resource pack and training is suitable for use by primary schools and any organisation/service working with primary school children and families.

Training is being offered in Stornoway, Uist and Barra throughout September.

To book a place please contact Karen Peteranna, ADP Substance Misuse Development Officer to secure your place: or 01851 76 2022

Please click on the posters below for further info and display posters where appropriate.

Oh Lila training poster 2015

Rory training poster 2015

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) ‘legal highs’ training – 1 day, Stornoway and Balivanich

January 14th, 2015

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) ‘legal highs’ training – 1 day


An Caladh Trust, Balivanich

Tuesday 10th February 2015

9am – 3pm


St Columbas Church, Lewis Street, Stornoway

Wednesday 11th February 2015

9am – 4pm


The Outer Hebrides ADP have arranged for the Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) to conducted a one day training course on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) in Balivanich and Stornoway.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

Identify the key NPS in use and emerging trends

  • Name the 7 categories of drugs which apply to NPS
  • Recall the legality of the key substances in use and legislation affecting NPS
  • Name the typical effects and side effects of the key substances in use
  • Identify effective techniques and strategies to work with users including harm reduction

What are New Psychoactive Substances (NPS)?

In the UK, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) defines ‘new psychoactive substances’ as: “psychoactive drugs which are not prohibited by the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs or by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, and which people are seeking for intoxicant use”. Although not scheduled under the UN drug control conventions, a number of the NPS are now controlled in the UK (e.g. mephedrone, BZP, NBOMe and Benzofury).

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are commonly know as ‘legal highs’.  The term ‘legal highs’ is misleading.  Just because they are legal that does not make them safe for consumption.

To reserve your place please email:


Healthy Working Lives, Alcohol & Drugs in the Workplace Workshop – 25th March, Stornoway

January 14th, 2015

The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives in partnership with Alcohol Focus Scotland and Scottish Drugs Forum has developed a half–day training programme which is designed to give information and guidance to employers to help deal with workplace issues on both alcohol and drugs.

The sessions are delivered by Alcohol Focus Scotland and will be held in the Lecture Theatre, Clinical Skills, Western Isles Hospital, Stornoway on Wednesday 25th March from 1.30pm – 5pm.


To book a place for this workshop please contact Norma MacLeod, Healthy Working Lives Advisor:

Email or Tel 01851 762013Flyer Workshop Alcohol and Drugs March 2015

Reduced drink drive limit will come into effect on December 5th

November 24th, 2014

Reduced drink drive limit will come into effect on December 5th

 A lower drink drive limit for Scotland will come into force on December 5th after the Scottish Parliament unanimously voted in favour of the new law.

This reduces the blood alcohol limit from 80mg in every 100ml of blood to 50mg in every 100ml of blood. Evidence shows that alcohol at this level can significantly impair driving and vastly increase the chances of being involved in an accident.

 An average of 20 people die on Scotland’s roads every year in accidents involving drivers over the legal limit.  A high profile public information campaign was launched, aimed at informing all adults of driving age of the change.  Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said:

“The Scottish Parliament has voted in favour of making our roads safer and saving lives.  The vote received all-party support, backing from experts and road safety campaigners and the vast majority of the public are behind it. All the evidence from across Europe where the lower limit is in force suggests we will see convictions go down, reductions in drink driving and blood alcohol counts.  Alcohol at any level will impair your ability to drive – even at the new limit you are three times more likely to die in a crash than with no alcohol in your system.  Today we have seen Scotland lead the way across the UK in driving home the message, it is never safe to drink and drive.”

 For more information visit:

Go Sober For October!

September 29th, 2014

We Are Macmillan Cancer Support are encouraging people to stop drinking for the duration of October by becoming a sober-hero. If you would like to take part please visit their website:

Disclaimer: If you are already concerned about your drinking please seek advice from a medical or health professional before stopping drinking.

Alcohol and Pregnancy Don’t Mix

September 5th, 2014

Drinking alcohol in pregnancy can be damaging to the baby. Preventing this harm is possible and on International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day, 9th September, you can help spread the word. 

The Outer Hebrides Alcohol & Drug Partnership and NHS Western Isles will be raising awareness of FASD across the Outer Hebrides through the month of September in secondary schools, doctors’ surgeries and will be in Tesco Stornoway on the 9th September with an awareness stall.

What is FASD?

FASD is an umbrella term for a group of conditions that are all related to prenatal exposure to alcohol (i.e. while a baby is still in the womb).  Children affected with FASD may struggle to learn and have multiple problems in their lives.  FASD is preventable by avoiding alcohol at any time during pregnancy or when trying to conceive, as damage can occur; even before a woman knows that she is pregnant.  Often the condition goes undiagnosed, or is misdiagnosed, and this can lead to secondary disabilities.  The effects of FASD can be mild or severe.  It is thought that around 10,000 people have an FASD in Scotland today.

‘Invisible’ characteristics include:

  • Attention deficits
  • Memory deficits
  • Hyperactivity
  • Difficulty with abstract concepts (e.g maths, time, money)
  • Poor problem-solving skills
  • Poorly developed emotional and social skills

Physical effects include:

  • Smaller head circumference
  • Heart problems
  • Limb damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Damage to the structure of the brain
  • Eye problems
  • Hearing problems
  • Specific facial characteristics

How does alcohol affect the baby in the womb?

Alcohol is damaging to cells and cell growth. When a pregnant woman drinks, the alcohol in her blood passes freely through the placenta into the developing baby’s blood.  As the foetus does not have a fully developed liver it cannot breakdown the alcohol as an adult does.  Instead, the alcohol circulates in the baby’s blood system.  This can destroy developing cells and damage the nervous system of the foetus at any point during the 9 months of pregnancy.

How can FASD be prevented?

If women do not drink alcohol during pregnancy, their baby will not have FASD.  Women are therefore encouraged to avoid alcohol during pregnancy or trying to become pregnant. Everyone can play their part in supporting women to ensure:

In pregnancy – NO ALCOHOL. NO RISK.

Can FASD be cured?

No. FASD lasts a lifetime.  There is no cure for FASD, but research has shown that early intervention and appropriate treatment can improve a child’s development and help them towards a more independent life.

For further information on FASD or substance misuse services please contact the Outer Hebrides ADP support team.

To view/download this information please click here.

OH ADP Annual Report 2013-14

September 4th, 2014
The Outer Hebrides Alcohol & Drug Partnership has recently finalised and submitted the Annual Report for 2013-14 to the Scottish Government. 
This report outlines the work of the Outer Hebrides ADP from 2013 – 2014 to meet its strategic priorities, highlights its key achievements and progress towards core and local outcomes and demonstrates how these link to the Outer Hebrides Single Outcome Agreement (SOA).  Please click here to download the Outer Hebrides ADP Annual Report 2013-14.

Harris Tweed Clocks from Hebrides Alpha

August 22nd, 2014

Hebrides Alpha (the local social enterprise supporting individuals with alcohol and other drug addiction problems) have recently launched their new bi-lingual website specifically for their hand-made Harris Tweed clocks.

 The website can be viewed at:

Orders have already been received from Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Italy, Belgium, Japan, Canada and Switzerland, as well as locally, and throughout the UK.  

The clocks cost £50 each and postage (if required) is £12 in the UK or £24 for the rest of the world.

Hebrides Alpha can be contacted at: