List of projects funded to date



Scottish Families – Families as Lifesavers

The test of change was submitted in Round 1 by Scottish Families on behalf of their Family Reference group. This involves working together with family members through a wraparound, intensive family support, harm reduction and death prevention model, with the focus on family members who are concerned their loved one is at high risk of drug-related death.

This was supported by the Taskforce and £90,691 has been allocated Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs until 2022.


Turning Point Scotland – Rapid Response to Near Fatal Overdose

The purpose of this proposal will provide a rapid response to near-fatal overdose providing a short, focused period of support to each person and assertively engaging with them mainstream alcohol and other drug services. It will address other potential barriers including information and data sharing; prescribing arrangements, and rapid access to mainstream alcohol and drug services. This will help to reduce drug related deaths and increase engagement with alcohol and drug services, and provide a template which the Drug Deaths Taskforce could roll out to other areas.

This was supported by the Taskforce and £376,670 has been allocated to Turning Point Scotland for 2020/2021.  The Simon Community are key partner.



NHS Lothian – We Start by Seeing the Person

This project is a covid legacy project that builds on innovation and partnership working from the covid pandemic. The purpose of this proposal is to provide a person centred, trauma informed, coordinated co-production partnership approach to complex human needs. Many of the people appearing in the drug death statistics or having non-fatal overdoses (NFO) have had adverse childhood experiences, including physical, emotional and sexual abuse etc. Their substance use is a consequence of their life stories rather than the cause. This project comes from listening to the stories of the people they have been trying to help. This way of working has had enormous benefits to this group during covid, and as such they would like to continue this way of working long term post covid.

This proposal has been supported by the Taskforce, and a total of £544,034 has been allocated to NHS Lothian until 2022.


Scottish Drugs Forum – MAT Standards Delivery Support

This proposal will actively engage audiences responsible for the delivery of services and those with experience of the treatment system to maximise opportunities for change. The Medically Assisted Treatment Standards (MAT-S) are the biggest innovation in Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Scotland in 30 years. They will deliver change and maximise the impact of treatment engagement of drug-related deaths.

The Taskforce support this proposal and have invested £104,882 in total to Scottish Drugs Forum until 2022.


University of St Andrews – Designing and Implementing Effective Telehealth MAT Projects

This proposal is intended to address the MAT standards implementation gap by collaboratively addressing service provider concerns, both in conventional delivery but primarily delivery through telehealth, in order to pandemic-proof access to treatment as much as possible.

The Taskforce support this proposal and have allocated £26,000 to go to University of St Andrews for 2020/2021.


SDF – Developing and supporting peer to peer naloxone supply by people who have experience of drug use

This proposal seeks to maximise peer to peer naloxone with a coordinated and supported approach by delivering high quality training to peers, providing ongoing support and developing a national peer network to enhance the delivery of naloxone provision by people who have experience of drug use.

The Taskforce support this proposal and have allocated SDF a total of £335,053.00 over two years.


University of Stirling – Researching and developing key components of a new Scottish drug checking programme for Scotland.

This two-year project (2020-2022) aims to directly address two of the six evidence-based strategies identified by the Drug Deaths Taskforce to help reduce drug-related deaths: targeting people most at risk, and optimising public health surveillance. It is working with three areas across Scotland (Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen) to prepare for the implementation of drug checking facility through collaboration across all stakeholders.

The Taskforce supports this proposal and have allocated University of Stirling a total of £300,082.00 over two years.


Inverclyde ADP - Peer navigation team being created with the team based within Greenock Police Custody Suite. (Confirmed May 2021)

This proposal is set within Greenock Police Custody Suite which is one of the largest in Scotland, which means many people held in custody are from areas out with Inverclyde. The aspiration is that the navigators will support people as they leave custody, linking them into treatment and recovery services in their area of origin.  This will mean people are better supported through the transition and at reduced risk of death or harm. Funding allocated: £441,882 (over 20 months).

NHS Grampian - Developing a rights-based approach to the delivery of the MAT standards. (Confirmed May 2021)

This proposal seeks funding to expand and upgrade the existing hospital alcohol team so that it has capacity to support people who present at hospital with drug issues, allowing the team to operate as a “hospital addiction team”.  It aims to strengthen and expand the team to improve services, which will address a significant gap in service provision in the area. Total allocated funding to the project is £308,338 over two years.