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Telephone: 0131 653 5162
Email: MELDAP@eastlothian.gov.uk


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New Psychoactive Substances (NPS)

The Psychoactive Substances Bill reached Royal Assent on the 28th of Januray 2016, and will become law on the 26th of May 2016.  Se  below a link to the Scottish Drug Forum website for more information:


If you get the rattles, feel unwell, or go into withdrawal then please get help from the various sources below:

There are no substitute drugs, like methadone for ethylphenidate. 

Here you can find out more about what MELDAP does and more importantly where to go for help or information on alcohol and drug use as well as links to other useful websites. For our latest annual report click here and our delivery plan click here.

If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s drinking or drug use then getting help is the single biggest step you can take. If you wish help but are not sure what’s out there to help you then by clicking on the services icon you will see what alcohol and drug services are available in East Lothian and Midlothian.

MELDAP is a partnership, which includes Midlothian and East Lothian Councils, NHS Lothian, Lothian and Borders Police and the Voluntary Sector. Together the partners work to raise awareness of the work that is being done to reduce the harm caused to individuals, families and communities by the misuse of alcohol and drugs.

 Our latest service directory can be viewed here and a printable version here.

Alcohol enjoys enormous popularity and special significance in Scottish society. It is used for relaxation, socialisation and celebration. Alcohol also plays a significant part in the Scottish economy employing thousands of people in its production, distribution and sale as well as generating important export and tax revenue.

While there is not a single drinking culture in Scotland we are as a nation drinking too much with 50% of men and 30% of women regularly drinking over the sensible drinking guidelines.*

*Men: 3-4 units per day, but not every day *Women: 2-3 units per day, but not every day

It is clear that the misuse of alcohol contributes to a wide range of health problems......


The use of illegal drugs has been part of our society for many years. Whether you’ve taken them or are just curious and want to find out more about them, knowing the facts is one of the most important things you can do. Ignorance is not bliss. Knowledge gives you the power to make decisions for yourself.

Many people will say drugs are just harmless fun. All drugs come at a price. That price can be problems with parents and friends, damage to your own health, behaviour that puts you and others at risk and even death.

The best way to avoid these problems is simple. Don’t use drugs...... Read More >>


Starfish Recovery Cafe

St. Michael's Church Hall, Dalrymple Loan, Musselburgh

Every Wednesday 10am until 2pm.

Starfish Recovery is East Lothian's first Recovery Cafe.The cafe is run by people in recovery, carers and volunteers, they offer a safe place that is drug and alcohol free where people can socialise and share their aspirations - but also a centre for the whole community to enjoy.

The cafe opens at 10am offering a host of tasty food for all to enjoy.

You can contact Starfish Recovery on 07843339964 or email them on Email: starfishrecovery@yahoo.com

Horizons Cafe

Dalkeith Baptist Church, EH22 1JE

Every Monday 10am to 2pm and Friday 10am to 3pm (Download their new poster for details)

Horizons Cafe is Midlothian's first Recovery Cafe.  We provide a safe, clean, sober  and recovery focussed environment that all people of a similar mind are welcome to come. The Cafe is run and operated by people in recovery or affected by addiction.

 A progamme of upcoming events is listed below:

10-11.30am - SMART Recovery Meeting
10am -12noon - Cafe open for cuppas and rolls
12-3pm - cafe open for hot food
12.45pm - Accupunture
1.15pm - Craft Group

Children are very welcome and can even participate in craft activities!

So if you need a chat, some nice food or just a place to be safe around people who understand you, then come along.

Change Your Childs Thinking About Drinking Campaign

MELDAP have launched a campaign aimed at making parents think about the influence their drinking has on their children. Click on the Campaign Page for further information.

The poster can be viewed here.



Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) advising people who choose to use ecstacy pills and/or MDMA, to be aware that the overall strength has increased in recent years, meaning it is easy to take too much which can result in serious side effects.

For more information click on the link below:



A further new Cocaine Anonymous meeting is starting up on a Thursday 7.30pm to 8.30pm at the Community Hub, Bogwood Court, Mayfield.


A new Cocaine Anonymous meeting is taking place every Wednesday night 8pm to 9pm in the MELD Office, 6a Newmills Road, Dalkeith starting on Wednesday 26th October 2016.


Police Scotland have issued a drugs warning following the death of a 16 year old female in Newtongrange on Saturday 15th October 2016. Enquiries into the circumstances surrounding her death are at a very early stage, however one line of enquiry officers are following is that she may have had access to Ecstasy type tablets.

These tablets are known as:


Anyone who has taken these tablets is urged to seek immediate medical attention. Furthermore, anyone who has access to any of these tablets is strongly urged not to take them.

Police Scotland's message is clear. There is no safe illegal drug and no safe way to take illegal drugs.

Anyone who has any information regarding these drugs is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively call crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Here is the 1st Recovery Connections newspaper! http://tinyurl.com/hmf5mq8


Have a read at this pilot study which was aimed to test the unity of using life story methods to generate qualitaive data amoung a group of men who had experienced self-harm or suicidal throughts or actions, exploring accounts of alcohol use across the lifecourse.


Horizons are holding a life skills course looking at understanding why we feel as we do, anxiety control etc, to find out more click here.


Alcohol Focus Scotland has recently launched a new toolkit to help people raise concerns about the impact of alcohol in their local community. The toolkit outlines actions that people can take about problems alcohol is causing in their local area. It also explains how the licensing process works in Scotland and provides practical tips for people who want to get involved but aren't sure where to start. Links to an interactive version of the toolkit, and a contact list of relevant licensing stakeholders (licensing board, licensing forum, licensing standards officer) in each board area, can be accessed here.


Can you really be sure your vulnerable relative is safe from harm? The warning signs can be hard to spot but we’ve got some simple tips to help you identify potential harm. Visit www.actagainstharm.org for more info

The Adult Support and Protection campaign is in its 3rd week and has reached all across Scotland.


There has been a slight change to the Gateways times at the Roodlands Clinic, they have moved to a morning time slot. To download the new leaflet click here.


A helpful summary of the key proposed changes in legislation regarding New Psychoactive Substances Bill has been produced. You can find the document here.


Horison's cafe are putting on a couple of workshops to help people out with their welfare rights and money management, please see poster for details.


In September 2014, the MELDAP Strategic Group accepted the report "Building a Recovery Orientated System of Care in Midlothian and East Lothian" with its recommendations in full. One of the recommendations was that MELDAP establish a pilot Recovery Network to nurture, support and develop an ethos of recovery amongst individuals in recovery, their families and the wider community.

In May 2015 McMillan Rome Ltd was commissioned to take this work forward. The work was timetabled into three phases;

1) Develop structure and constitution of network

2)Develop support structures, activity streams and grant funding

3) Review and exit plan

As part of the delivery phase one noted above, MELDAP can advise that Recovery Connections website is now active. This innovative resource [the first of its kind in Scotland] can be found at:



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