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Scotland's Drugs Strategy - Scottish Government - tackling drugs in Scotland


The Scottish Government’s national drug strategy, The Road to Recovery, was published in 2008 and continues to receive cross-party support from the Scottish Parliament. 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.

The Drugs Strategy Delivery Commission was established in 2009 by the Scottish Government. The Commission’s role is to assess independently the Scottish Government’s progress in delivering the Road to Recovery strategy. Further information can be found on the DSDC website.


The Scottish Government support a range of national organisations who contribute to the delivery of the Road to Recovery across Scotland:

  • For information on action to promote the recovery of individuals, family members and communities from drug problems and addiction in Scotland, please visit the Scottish Recovery Consortium website.
  • To find out about drug services available in your area and to access a national resource of expertise on drugs issues, please visit the Scottish Drugs Forum website.
  • For information on the leading national workforce development organisation supporting those working with and affected by drug and alcohol misuse and information on how to access training and development opportunities, please visit STRADA’s website.
  • For information and support for families and carers affected by drugs, please visit the Scottish Families Affected by Drugs website.
  • For the latest statistics relating to all drugs policy including waiting times and drug-related deaths in Scotland, please visit the NHS ISD (Information Services Division) website.

Alcohol and Drug Partnerships Funding Allocation 2013-14

Latest news on drugs policy across Scotland.

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To contact the Drugs Policy Unit please contact us at, or 0131 244 5051






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