Taskforce responds to latest Drug-Related-Deaths figures.

30 July, 2021

Commenting on the figures released on 30th July 2021,

Professor Catriona Matheson, Taskforce Chair:


Every drug related death in Scotland is an avoidable tragedy, and these figures serve to remind us of the importance and urgency of our mission to identify the areas of action that can make a sustainable impact against the challenge. We believe the approach of putting evidence into action has saved lives, and we will analyse the detail behind the headlines and look to build upon those areas showing progress and to address those areas requiring more attention.

Both the causes of, and the solutions to, the challenge we all face are complex, at its heart are real people at real risk, and we continue to be determined to make difference for them.