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 details how stigma is experienced by individuals and families affected by drug and alcohol problems. Last year over 350 representatives of recovery from addiction communities, families and key influencers came together to see what they might do about stigma in Scotland. The report contains their key findings.
The Minister for Public Health and Sport and Chair of the PADS Executive Committee, Ms Aileen Campbell said,
“ I invite everyone to look at this report and make their own contributions to ending stigma in Scotland. We need to show help and support for this often marginalised group- it is vital that recovery communities throughout Scotland continue to thrive”
The Changing Stigma To Respect report is being followed by an exhibition being held in Edward House, 199 Sauchiehall St, Monday 2nd July – Wednesday 4th July that will help members of the public and people providing services to explore their own attitudes to people who are using substances. The exhibition will be available to local recovery communities who want to host their own “Changing Stigma to Respect” events.