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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.  See 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

Loretto Community Hall, Newbigging, Musselburgh, EH21 7AJ

Every Wednesday 11am 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 11am offering a host of tasty food for all to enjoy.

You can contact Starfish Recovery on 07935673688 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.

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.



Could you handle the challenge? Horizons volunteers are raising funds, to see what they are up to click here and see if you could take part!


Peer Support Group

A new Peer Support Group has started in Midlothian. It takes place on a Wednesday 11am to 1pm at St. Nicholas Buccleuch Church in Dalkeith. It is completely Peer led, it's informal and offers a combination of support, activities like darts/quizzes, along with a cuppa.

If you'd like more information or want to talk to someone before you pop along please contact Pete on 07850367401.


Recovery Walk Scotland 2017 - Date Announced!!

This years Recovery Walk will take place in Dundee on Saturday 30th September 2017. Colourful clothing optional but encouraged. If you need inspiration you can find some funky coloured leggings at www.leggingsfordays.co.uk


Newbattle Health and Wellbeing drop-in

Every Monday 3.30pm-5.30pm @ Newbattle Community Learning Centre

Newbattle health and wellbeing drop-in runs every monday from Newbattle Community Learning Centre in Newtongrange. The drop-in times are 3.30pm-5.30pm. The drop-in exists to provide health and wellbeing services for young people aged 12-21 years and is delivered jointly by MYPAS, Midlothian Council and NHS Lothian School Nursing. The drop-in is accredited by Healthy Respect & Premier PLI

Young people can turn up without an appointment and can receive advice, information and services about sexual health and relationships, mental health, substance use and other aspects of health and wellbeing. Young people can access free condoms as the drop-in is part of the c:card service as well as pregnancy testing and emergency contraception. Staff can also refer young people onto specialist services including counselling and drugs and alcohol support.

Newbattle Health and Wellbeing drop-in, Newbattle Community Learning Centre, 67 Gardiner Place Newtongrange, EH22 4RT


My Family and Alcohol is for parents, wives, husbands, partners, grandparents , aunts, uncles, cousins.. basically any family member…. who is worried about alcohol in their lives.


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.


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