News — 2014

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.

Scotland’s Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing Policy

This report records the proceedings of a historic event that took place in Brussels on 5th September 2014 when the Scottish health professions joined with around 80 European colleagues and industry representatives to challenge the continued obstruction by global alcohol producers to the implementation of Scotland’s Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) policy.

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BMJ Press Release: Minimum alcohol pricing

Minimum alcohol pricing would be up to 50 times more effective than below cost selling ban And the greatest effects would be in harmful drinkers, say experts Research: Potential benefits of minimum unit pricing for alcohol versus a ban on below cost selling In England 2014: modelling study Editorial: Minimum unit pricing for alcohol Introducing […]

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Successful CRAFT Programme

This week services across Scotland joined Scottish Families for a CRAFT Training with Dr Robert Meyers. Minister of Community Safety and Legal Affairs Roseanna Cunningham started the week off by recognising the key role families provide to their loved ones before and during recovery. The Masterclass in Edinburgh on Monday was attended by services looking […]

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Public health organisations call on the European Commission to label alcoholic drinks

On the 10th September in the European Parliament (Brussels) public health experts will be calling the European Commission to make changes to alcohol labelling legislation and allow consumers to make truly informed choices.   To read the full article click the following: /content/legacy/Eurocare_Press_release_What_is_not_on_the_bottle_10th_Sept_2014(1).pdf

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Quality Principles developed by Scottish Government for Alcohol and Drugs

The Scottish Government has developed an alcohol and drugs quality improvement framework to ensure quality in the provision of care, treatment and recovery services as well as quality in the data that will evidence the outcomes people are achieving. The Quality Principles (QP) were developed in consultation with a range of statutory and voluntary partners […]

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Legal Highs Survey 2014

'Legal highs' are substances designed to mimic the effects produced by illegal drugs like Cocaine and Ecstacy but are not currently covered by the Misuse of Drugs Act. The 'Legal High' national online survey first came out in March to find out more about individuals views and experiences of 'legal highs' in the UK.   […]

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Police Scotland lead multi-agency operation targeting those suspected of selling new psychoactive substances (NPS)

More commonly known an ‘legal highs’, Police targeted a total of 58 premises from Ayr, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Musselburgh, Dundee, Arbroath, Aberdeen and Peterhead with assistance from local Trading Standards, Europol and the National Crime Agency (NCA), among others. It comes as an expert group continues to review the powers currently available in Scotland to tackle the sale […]

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National Forum Press Release: Drug-related deaths in Scotland in 2013

Statistics of drug-related deaths in 2013 and earlier years, broken down by age, sex, selected drugs reported, underlying cause of death and NHS Board and Council areas   Published on 14 August 2014   Statement by National Forum on Drug Related Deaths 13/8/14   Today’s figures are a familiar representation of a complex problem. The […]

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Scottish Government Press Release: Drug deaths down

Published by Scottish Government 14/08/2014 09:50 a.m. Drug-related deaths decrease by nine per cent. The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland decreased by nine per cent last year. Statistics published today from the National Records of Scotland also show that drug deaths among the under 25s are now the lowest since records began. The main […]

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Scottish Families Press Release: Drug Related Deaths

The latest figures for drug-related deaths, released today, show a decrease by nine per cent. This is a very welcome reduction and is evidence that the measures in place to support a very vulnerable population are having an effect. Every drug-related death is a tragedy for every family involved as the Minister for Community Safety […]

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