What We Do

We work to:

  • improve the quality, range and effectiveness of service and policy responses to problematic drug use in Scotland
  • reduce future and recurring problematic drug use
  • promote and sustain recovery from drug problems through:

Informing    Supporting    Leading    Representing


Informing

by raising awareness and improving understanding of drugs issues, drugs policy and drug-related practice through:

  • developing, hosting and facilitating forums for information exchange
  • providing training and research services
  • providing regular communication and consultation with members on key policy and practice agendas.

Supporting

by helping drug services and wider recovery agencies and movements to achieve improved outcomes based on high quality and evidence-based responses, which are achieved through:

  • capacity building within treatment services 
  • developing and assisting others to deliver effective models of user involvement
  • assisting policy development and drawing on the expertise of our members
  • assisting individuals to achieve and sustain recovery from problem drug use through volunteering and work opportunities.

Leading

by:

  • encouraging new and innovative thinking and practice
  • raising new issues of concern for the sector
  • speaking independently and freely.

Representing

by providing informed input to the development and implementation of policy and practice on drugs/drug-related treatment and wider rehabilitation through:

  • articulating the opinions and experiences of those directly affected by drug use to policymakers, policy/service planners to and through other stakeholders 
  • participation in a variety of influential voluntary sector, public sector and other civil society networks.

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