News — 2015

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.

Alcohol Awareness Week – 16th to 20th November

Please see attached booklet outlining some activity suggestions that we would like you to consider putting into practice for this year’s alcohol awareness week. We are asking our supporters across Scotland to organise some of diversionary activities highlighted for people to get involved in. Please share this far and wide within your networks. Don’t forget […]

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Scottish Families in The Herald

Our National Coordinator for Family Support Services spoke with The Herald about the impact of substance misuse on families and available support.   "Alcohol and drug misuse know no education, class or financial boundaries. It's emphatically not something that just affects deprived areas; we get many professional families reaching out to us as well. We […]

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Drug-Related Hospital Statistics Scotland 2014/15

This publication reports on hospital stays in relation to a drug misuse diagnosis and the patients admitted to hospital for such treatment. It includes information on inpatients and day cases discharged by general acute and psychiatric specialties in Scotland, where drug misuse was mentioned in the records at some point during the patients’ hospital stay. […]

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New Drug Research Framework launched by Minister Paul Wheelhouse

Yesterday evening Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs Paul Wheelhouse launched the new drug research framework at the ISAM Dundee2015 Culture and Arts Festival at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. The purpose of the document is to frame a number of high level priorities for research into the challenges and questions […]

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Changes to Take Home Naloxone from 1st October 2015

In 2014 the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) consulted on a proposal to make naloxone more widely available. On 1 October 2015, new legislation comes into force that enables naloxone to be supplied to individuals by drug treatment services without prescription. Naloxone remains a Prescription Only Medicine (POM), however the legislation change allows […]

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SHAAP Press Release – Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing

SCOTTISH MEDICAL PROFESSIONS WELCOME EUROPEAN ADVOCATE GENERAL’S OPINION IN FAVOUR OF SCOTLAND’S ALCOHOL MINIMUM UNIT PRICING POLICY   Scottish health professionals have welcomed the opinion of the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that Scotland’s Alcohol Minimum Unit Price (MUP) legislation does not contravene European law. The Advocate General’s opinion marks a […]

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Drug-related deaths and the impact on families

The Drug-related death figures released today revealed 613 registered in Scotland in 2014. Amongst the statistics is the fact that 613 people lost their lives to drug use. And almost all of them will have family/ close significant others. Every drug-related death will impact on a family, close significant others (CSOs) and friends.  For some […]

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