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Contact details for the Drugs Policy Unit:


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The Scottish Government’s national drug strategy, The Road to Recovery, was published in 2008.

Central to the strategy is the concept of recovery. Recovery is a process through which a person is enabled to move-on from their problem drug use towards a drug-free life and become an active and contributing member of society.

In a Statement to Parliament on 28 November 2017, Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell announced that drug and alcohol treatment will be improved through a Substance Misuse Treatment Strategy.

The new combined approach will be published in early 2018 and will recognise the many shared underlying causes and similarities in treatment services.

This, and the £20 million a year committed in the Programme for Government, will ensure services to reduce alcohol and drug related harm reach people who are currently not receiving the treatment they need, with a greater focus on responding to the individual.