News — 2018

Latest news and updates from Scottish Families

Scottish Families always have news to share. Every day we deliver our services, attend events, work on campaigns, and speak with family members. Here is all the latest news from our team and our work. Find out more news on our Facebook page.

Our Impact 2017-18

Our Impact Report 2017/18 is now available to read. Our report reflects on the positive changes we’ve made in the lives of families and friends in Scotland who are worried about someone else’s alcohol or drugs use. With the launch of our strategy ‘It’s All Relative’ back in November, we have laid out our impact […]

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Drug-Related Death Statistics 2017

This year’s sharp rise in the drug-related death statistics has been widely predicted, but it is no less shocking. These are not just numbers, they are people, and they are people who have left behind a devastated family and community. This year hundreds of families have lost a loved one to drug-related death – those […]

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Stigma to Respect – Campaign Launch

A new campaign aimed at tackling the stigma around drug and alcohol problems in Scotland  is being launched. The “Changing Stigma To Respect” Campaign is an initiative of the Partnership for Action on Drugs in Scotland ( PADS) – Communities Sub Group. The campaign is being kick-started today with the publication of a report that […]

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Event: Women, Men and Alcohol – Exploding the Myths

This event will show why gender is important in understanding drinking, alcohol-related harm, recovery and family support. We will explore the double standards which are applied to men and women’s drinking, the ways in which alcohol marketing targets men and women, and why gender matters in terms of family support and recovery. This session is […]

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Scottish Families & FASS are holding a joint-workshop at drug-related deaths conference

Scottish Drugs Forum are hosting a conference on drug-related deaths in August which will mark International Overdose Awareness Day. The conference ‘Working Together to Prevent Drug-related Deaths’ will explore how preventing drug-related deaths should be everyone’s responsibility and how it is possible to work in partnership to avoid loss of lives. Scottish Families Affected by […]

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A Learning Alliance in Canada – Drug use within the family

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) in Canada has funded the Families and Substances Use Treatment project to identify and conduct research on family and caregiver-centered approaches to treatment and support for drug problems. Together, we will emphasize research and knowledge translation activities aimed at reducing stigma and inequalities for those with drug […]

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Minimum Unit Pricing – Family Response

Scottish Families fully welcomes the implementation of this landmark policy today; we believe this is a step in the right direction in changing Scotland’s relationship with alcohol. The evidence behind the policy tells us that Minimum Unit Pricing will reduce the disproportionately high levels of alcohol-related harm that impacts individuals, families and whole communities on […]

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The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

The Carers (Scotland) Act, 2016 came into effect yesterday (01/04/18). Here is a snapshot of the key changes and rights that apply under the legislation. Check out the links for full details and definitions. It is important that families are aware of the care/treatment processes and have access to the right information if they are […]

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NEW – The Family Recovery Initiative Fund

A new fund is now available for families. If you are involved in a local family support group whose aim is to support families affected by alcohol or drugs or you are thinking about starting a new local group in your area, the Family Recovery Initiative Fund wants to hear from you.

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