Taskforce Publish Report on Women and Drug Related Deaths

01 December, 2021

The Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce has today (1st December) published a report on Women and Drug Related Deaths. In February 2021, the Taskforce had a discussion about the particular issues facing women who use drugs and their families. It was decided to set up a working group to further explore the key themes and recommendations from the literature and consider their practical application. All members of the working group had a strong interest in this work, some with professional experience and others with lived experience.

In a short podcast to mark the report’s launch two members of the working group, Louise Bowman and Adrienne Hannah, discuss how they got involved in this field, the importance of the report and its recommendations. You can listen to this below. 

The full report can be read on the Taskforce’s website - Women's Report | Drug Deaths Taskforce and a summary of the recommendations is available here - Women's Group Recommendations Summary | Drug Deaths Taskforce 


Professor Catriona Matheson said:

‘The Drug Deaths Taskforce were aware that risks for women that can result in overdose and death were not always given the prominence required. This is why we convened this group.  The DDTF fully supports the important recommendations within this report. The evidence is clear that further action is required to support women who use drugs, and their families to reduce harm.

I’d urge everyone working in the sector to read the report, and importantly, to actively consider how to put recommendations into practice.

Thank you to those involved on this working group for their hard work and commitment. The podcast series is really great and brings the work to life.’