Families affected by drug abuse must be cared for

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP, has urged the Scottish Government to provide support services for those who have been affected by drug addiction in their families.

Speaking in Scottish Parliament debate today, Mrs McInnes argued that the government must consider the needs of families and carers of those affected by drug abuse, highlighting the work achieved by a group in her North East constituency, Grampian Family Support Forum.

Commenting, Mrs McInnes said:

“Support for families of drug users is vital. It shouldn’t be an afterthought.

“The Scottish Government must work with local services to provide support services for families and carers in their own right. The work of local support networks such as Grampian Family Support Forum is the “missing link” in care for those affected by drug abuse.

“Our families are the lifeline we rely on when we face difficulties. The particular tensions that drug misuse brings to families can stretch that lifeline to breaking point.

“The central challenge is to break down the many barriers which often prevent family members from seeking support for themselves.

“Scottish Families Affected by Drugs estimates that 24,000 family members affected by a loved one’s misuse in the Grampian region alone. They shouldn’t suffer in silence.

“I am urging the Scottish Government to do much more to enable groups like the Grampian Family Support forum. This will go some way to delivering the support families and carers of those affected by drug abuse deserve.”