News — 2017

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.

Merry Caremas – Day 3 Christmas Recipes

Reindeer Noses What’s most festive than making a bunch of reindeer noses to munch on?! Sooze put these together and we sold them at the Glasgow City Council Christmas Fayre in November. This recipe is so easy to whip up and it’s absolutely delicious. Ingredients 500g smooth peanut butter (or crunchy!) 114g melted butter 340g […]

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Scottish Families welcomes green light for Minimum Unit Pricing legislation to improve health for individuals, families, and communities

The implementation of this legislation – originally passed in 2012 – is long overdue, and we believe this delay has directly contributed to increasing levels of alcohol-related harm in Scotland’s communities, including rising numbers of preventable alcohol-related deaths. We believe that this measure of a 50p minimum price will lead to a reduction in the […]

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Book your tickets for our family conference – SOLD OUT

Tickets for our conference have now sold out. Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs invites family members, practitioners, academics and policy-makers to ‘It’s all Relative’, a family conference. This two-day conference gives the community supporting those with problems around alcohol or drugs the opportunity to come together and share experiences, as well as hear […]

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Changing Stigma to Respect

Supported by the Partnership for Action on Drugs in Scotland (PADS) and the Minister for Public Health and Sport, Ms Aileen Campbell, a historic Recovering Connections event will be held Friday 1st September 2017. This unique event will bring representatives from recovery communities, key influencers, and families together for the first time to explore experiences […]

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Welcoming Scottish Families New CEO - Justina Murray

Welcoming Scottish Families New CEO – Justina Murray

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs is pleased to announce that Justina Murray has been appointed as the new CEO of the organisation after starting as the Interim CEO in June 2017. We’re delighted to welcome Justina to our small but strong team! With her strong background in research, policy, and partnership working, Justina […]

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Our response to the publication of the drug-related death statistics 2016

We are saddened to hear of the increase in drug-related deaths in the statistics which were published today by the National Records of Scotland which show there were 867 drug-related deaths in Scotland in 2016. These deaths are preventable and it is upsetting that so many people have lost their lives. Behind each one of […]

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Responding to the alcohol-related death statistics for 2016

The figures published today by the National Records of Scotland show a 10% increase in the number of alcohol-related deaths in Scotland for 2016 bringing the total number to 1265. Behind each one of these preventable deaths is an invisible family story – from those living under the same roof to those who have lost […]

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Our response to the UK Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on Minimum Unit Pricing

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs supports the prospects of the long-overdue decision that will finally see the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing legislation. The legislation can help reduce alcohol-related harm, and ultimately reduce the number of alcohol-related deaths in Scotland. The 50p minimum price will see a reduction in the volume of high-strength; […]

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Scotland must do more to turn tide of alcohol harm

A report published today by Alcohol Focus Scotland, BMA Scotland, SHAAP and Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs contains a comprehensive set of policies aimed at curbing Scotland’s alcohol problem and addressing the associated health inequalities. The report precedes the publication this summer of the Scottish Government’s ‘refresh’ of its 2009 strategy, Changing Scotland’s […]

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Scottish Government Urged to Curb Alcohol Marketing to Protect Children

In a report published today by Alcohol Focus Scotland, leading academics and health experts outline how the Scottish Government can reduce the unacceptably high levels of alcohol marketing that children and young people are exposed to. Children are very familiar with and influenced by alcohol brands and advertising campaigns, despite codes of practice which are […]

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