Information relating to drug deaths or drug deaths taskforce during COVID-19 pandemic: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

Briefings or notes relating to drug deaths or the drug deaths taskforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.


I attach a copy of some of the information you requested.

Minutes of all taskforce meetings are available from The Drug Deaths Taskforce Website,

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. 

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because exemptions under sections S.25 (1) Information that is Otherwise Accessible, S.27 (1) Information Intended for Future Publication, S.28 Relations with United Kingdom, S.29(1)(a) Formulation or Development of Scottish Government Policy, S.29(1)(b) Ministerial Communications, S.30(b)(i) Free and Frank Provision of Advice, S.30(b)(ii) Free and Frank Exchange of Views, S.36(2) Actionable Breach of Confidence, S.38(1)(b) Personal Information of FOISA applies to that information. The reasons why these exemptions applies are explained in Annex A of this letter. The releasable information from your request is included in Annex B. 

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FOI - 202000101714 - Information Released - Annex A
FOI - 202000101714 - Information Released - Annex B


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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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