Girls, families and children are among those who will reap the benefits of different funds worth a total of 18 million to enhance medication services.

Four schemes are intended for May together with the funds coming from the extra #250 million announced by the First Minister to attack the drug deaths crisis during the next five years.

The four projects will aim to come up with consistent treatment criteria across the nation and make sure more people can get access to services which may reduce harm, provide treatment and ultimately save their lives.

The four capital are:

A #5 million Communities Fund to provide resources to community and third sector organisations to raise capacity
a #5 million Improvement Fund to support improvements to services including outreach, treatment, rehabilitation and aftercare, with committed support for women
a #3 million Families and Children Fund to support the families of those affected by drug misuse during therapy
a #5 million Recovery Fund for further residential rehab capacity
Drugs minister Angela Constance stated:”We have said a national mission is needed to attack the drug deaths crisis and this coming year will see funding for drugs and alcohol support increasing to #140.7 million.

We ought to make extra resources available to more community and third sector organisations so that we can support more people into therapy and offer support to their families.

“I am pleased we are also able to direct more funds to develop services specifically for women and kids. We want to make it easier for women to get treatment by eliminating any obstacles such as a lack of childcare.

“I have committed to taking action on the recommendations in the Residential Rehabilitation Working Group and this will be endorsed by #100 million over the next five decades.

“We recognise residential rehabilitation might not be for everyone that’s why we are determined, within our national mission, to ensure people can access whatever remedy is ideal for them in the right place at the right time.”

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Medication CEO Justina Murray stated:”There is an urgent need to improve support for children, young people and adult family members – most of whom are harmed by others’ alcohol and drug use, and all of whom have confronted bigger harms during the COVID pandemic.

“We all know most family members stay hidden as a result of stigma, shame and secrecy of substance use in the household, along with the lack of visible, higher excellent family support across Scotland. We look forward to working with the Government and with families to transform this circumstance, so that each family member in Scotland can get to the support they need, irrespective of their situation or location.”