Supporting People Affected by Alcohol and Drug Use

Addressing the impact of COVID-19.

Extra support for people affected by alcohol and drug use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been announced by the Minister for Public Health Joe FitzPatrick (pictured).

Funding of £166,000 from the Scottish Government will support:

a programme to increase access to naloxone in new settings, including investment in kits to add to the existing outlets for naloxone supply

increased capacity within the Know the Score helpline and webchat service

a COVID-19 publicity campaign signposting support for alcohol and drug use during the pandemic

funding to link people with others in recovery through the Scottish Recovery Consortium

Help will also be available for those affected by another’s alcohol and drug use through the Supporting Families Fund.

This includes a discretionary emergency fund for families, online wellbeing activities, family meals, wellbeing packs and counselling support.

Mr FitzPatrick said:

“Responding to the coronavirus pandemic is one of the biggest challenges of our lifetime and it will disrupt so many lives like never before.

“Protecting and supporting everyone during these unprecedented times is our priority.

“We’ve worked closely with organisations on the frontline to create this package of measures to ensure we continue to support those affected by alcohol and drug use.

“By working together and observing the latest guidance, we can all play our part in keeping everyone safe.”