Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs
Drug deaths in Scotland have fallen for the first time in almost a decade. But those using drugs in Glasgow City Centre – and across Scotland – need more support to make sure they not only survive, but thrive.
People with both mental health and drug and alcohol problems are being let down by the services meant to help them, according to a report by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland.
The NHS has admitted to failings that "may have caused or contributed” to the death of a 32-year-old who was in its care for the treatment of his alcoholism.
A record number of women died drug related deaths in 2021, according to new figures.
Critics of a controversial project which works with vulnerable mothers in Dundee have called for programme rules – insisting women who want ongoing support from the programme prevent pregnancy by either taking contraception or abstaining from sex – to be dropped.
One of our citizen journalists, Michelle, has a special interest in family support and addiction, due to her own experiences.
Citizen journalist Tam tells The Ferret how his life turned around after spiralling into drug addiction and homelessness.
Last year Sandra Holmes set up Families Campaigning for Change, a group of parents whose children have struggled with addiction. Now the group is calling on the Scottish Government to provide a national helpline and out-of-hours-services it insists will save lives.
‘The system didn’t give him a chance’: a father’s search for answers after his son’s death from alcoholism
A father's search for answers after his son's death from alcoholism only leads to more questions about critical flaws and lack of compassion in the system.