Vision, Values and Aims

Our Vision

Scottish Drugs Forum works towards a healthier, more equal society where:

  • everyone can fulfil their personal, social and economic potential
  • drugs-related harm cannot thrive
  • the needs of those affected by drug use are met effectively and with empathy, compassion and respect.

Our Values

Scottish Drugs Forum values:

  • personal well-being and social cohesion
  • human rights and equality
  • informed, open and respectful debate
    development of drugs policy and practice founded on evidence of effectiveness.

Our Aims

Scottish Drugs Forum works 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 and 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.