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Partnership for Action on Drugs in Scotland

Partnership for Action on Drugs in Scotland


The Scottish Government worked closely with key stakeholders to develop the new Partnership for Action on Drugs in Scotland (PADS) group.  PADS was officially launched on Tuesday the 19th January 2016 and is chaired by the Minister for Public Health and Sport, Ms Aileen Campbell MSP.


The Partnership will coordinate, direct and oversee the implementation of a programme of work to deliver outcomes and benefits that minimise harm caused by problem drug use by:

  • better prevention of drug problems, meaning people are less likely to develop a substance misuse problem;
  • enabling sustained recovery, meaning people receive support which helps them recover from problem drug use;
  • reducing harm to people taking drugs and others, including children and families

PADS will complement the established Road to Recovery strategy. It brings together leaders from the fields of addiction, mental health, public health,  inequality, social work and health and social care, and will help lead and focus the sector on three priorities;

  • building communities focused on recovery and tackling stigma
  • quality and consistency of service planning and delivery
  • harm reduction and reducing drug-related deaths

These priorities are currently being developed through the formation of three themed groups.  Each group is developing a work plan that will invite further partnership with a wider range of stakeholders in order to draw on collective strengths and assets.  There is also specific consideration of Prevention, Education and Research Date and Evidence.


PADS Membership

Ms Aileen Campbell MSP - Minister for Public Health and Sport / Ministerial Chair                  

Ms Iona Colvin - Director of Health and Social Care/ Integrated Joint Board Chief Officer, North Ayrshire

Mr Andrew Horne - Director, Addaction

Mr Neil Hunter - Chief Executive, Scottish Children's Reporter Administration                                      

Mr Kenny Leinster - Chief Social Work Officer and Head of Community Health and Care, South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership

Dr David McCartney - Clinical Lead , Lothian & Edinburgh Abstinence Programme (LEAP)                           

Mr Tony McLaren - National Coordinator, Breathing Space & NHS Living Life (NHS 24)                            

Ms Susanne Millar - Chief Officer, Planning, Strategy and Commissioning Glasgow City HSCP / CSWO

Dr Tessa Parkes - Dean for Equality and Diversity, and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, University of Stirling

Dr Marsha Scott - Chief Executive, Scottish Women's Aid

ACC Kate Thomson - Head of Local Policing East, Police Scotland

Mr Daniel Kleinberg - Head of Health Improvement, Population Health Directorate, The Scottish Government

Ms Beverley Francis - Head of Substance Misuse Unit, The Scottish Government


PADS Structure

PADS Overall Structure


Link to Documents

The Road to Recovery (2008)

The Quality Principles: Standard Expectations of Care and Support in Drug and Alcohol Services (2014)