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.

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 our new CEO - Justina Murray

Welcoming our 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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From a family member: see the person, not the addiction

So today (15/08/2017), numbers were released that stated the number of deaths that were recorded due to drugs in 2016. A bunch of numbers, the highest we’ve seen in a while apparently. My mother fell under that count. On the 12th of April 2016, 10 days after my little boy’s 1st birthday, we lost her. […]

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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 […]

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Just one alcoholic drink a day can increase breast cancer risk

The report found strong evidence that drinking just the equivalent of a small glass of wine or half a pint of beer a day (about 10g alcohol content), could increase your pre-menopausal breast cancer risk by 5% and your post-menopausal breast cancer risk by 9%. World Cancer Research Fund estimates that about 12,000 cases of […]

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Foul Play? New report highlights how Alcohol industry bent the rules on advertising during UEFA Euro 2016

Researchers at the Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling, found over 100 alcohol marketing references per televised match programme in three countries – France, the UK and Ireland. Most marketing appeared in highly visible places, such as pitch-side advertising during the matches. This was the case, despite the fact that the tournament was held […]

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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 Families Spring Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is now available to download. We have changed the design and platform to make it more family friendly and easier to access. We know from our survey feedback that many of you read our newsletter, so we wanted to make sure that we fulfilled your needs and made you a newsletter that is […]

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