Welcome to the
Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce

Read our Final Report 






Every day in Scotland, three people suffer a drug-related death. Each death is a personal tragedy for them, their friends and families, and their communities. And every one of them is preventable.

The Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce was established in July 2019. Our role was to examine the evidence and make recommendations to help save and improve the lives of people who use drugs.

We have listened to people, explored the evidence and set out a strategic plan of action. Our report is called Changing Lives, because we know that change is needed, and change is possible. There are real challenges, but there is also hope.

Our sincere thanks to all the people who have contributed to our work over the last three years, in particular Taskforce members past and present.

Our final report, Changing Lives, was published on the 21st July 2022 and can be read here - Final Report | Drug Deaths Taskforce

It is support by an evidence paper which can be read here Final Report - Evidence Paper | Drug Deaths Taskforce

Our Family Reference Group has produced their own report as an Annex to our Final Report which outlines a number of key changes that families would like to see. You can read this here - Family Reference Group Report | Drug Deaths Taskforce

You can read our press release here - Final Report - Press Release | Drug Deaths Taskforce