Misuse of illicit drugs and medicines: applying All Our Health

Evidence and guidance to help health professionals identify, prevent or reduce drug-related harm.



This guide is part of ‘All Our Health’ framework, a resource which helps health professionals prevent ill health and promote wellbeing as part of their everyday practice.

The information will help front-line health and care staff use their trusted relationships with patients, families and communities to promote the benefits of asking patients about drug use.

Published 3 May 2019
Last updated 23 February 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated to make the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities the lead organisation.

  2. Added information about ASSIST-Lite, the cannabis health check-up tool, and references in text for statistics in the infographics.

  3. Added link to Opioids Aware under 'Professional resources and tools'.

  4. Removed outdated information on the Report Illicit Drug Reactions (RIDR) website.

  5. Added links to e-learning sessions.

  6. Updated estimates of drug use and dependence figures.

  7. First published.