Scottish Drugs Forum have published a new report which presents the views and opinions of it’s members and other stakeholders in regards to what a drug strategy for Scotland should consist of.
In response to the announcement by the Public Health Minister at SDF’s July 2017 event – ‘Drug Policy Through a Health Lens’ – that there was to be a new drug strategy, and in the context of further detail given by the First Minister when she announced the Programme For Government to Parliament in September 2017, SDF consulted with members and other stakeholders on what should be included in the new strategy.
SDF member consultation events were held in November and December in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee. Some members also approached us with input directly and we took soundings from wider stakeholders.
Given that the Government announced that there would be no consultation process for the new strategy, SDF submitted a report based on its own consultations to the Minister in April this year. SDF received acknowledgement of that submission but have had no further dialogue on the report.
As members of the subgroups of the Partnership for Action on Drugs in Scotland (PADS), three SDF staff were invited to a one-day consultation event in June and subsequently made comment on a draft that attendees were given. This draft was not shared more widely by Scottish Government.
Since then there has been a change of Minister and the proposed publication date for the strategy is now late Autumn. The Government has now published a new draft and invited comment, although this is not a formal consultation process. SDF will respond to this draft and encourages stakeholders across the field to do so.