Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Standards

New standards for services providing medication assisted treatment (MAT) came into force in April 2022 and are being implemented across the country.  The implementation of the new standards will transform the treatment and care of people who have a drug problem by making treatment more accessible, providing choice to people in treatment and offering people […]

The OPEN Project peer research provides valuable results

A PIONEERING new study on young people’s attitudes to alcohol and drugs in Shetland has highlighted the wider culture, peer pressure, lack of opportunities and stigma as key factors around substance use –  Peer research on alcohol and drugs culture among young people provides valuable results | Shetland News (

New educational video highlights danger of substance use

A YOUNG local woman has spoken about her heroin addiction and how she managed to free herself from the drug with the help of her family and the local substance misuse team. ‘I lost so many years of my life to drugs’: new educational video highlights danger of substance use | Shetland News (

Police equipped with potentially life-saving Naloxone

POLICE officers in Shetland are now being provided with overdose medication as part of a national roll out – Police equipped with potentially life-saving Naloxone on overdose awareness day | Shetland News (

International Overdose Awareness Day 31st August

“International Overdose Awareness Day The world’s annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind Time to Remember. Time to Act”. Find out more through Details of local Overdose Awareness Day event to be released nearer the time.


“Naloxone can reverse the effects of an opioid-related overdose for a short time.  It buys a person time until an ambulance arrives, or they can be seen by a medical professional.     Anyone in Scotland who is likely to find someone experiencing an overdose in their family, their community, their workplace or in a public […]

Shetland Recovery Hub & Community Network

The Shetland Recovery Hub & Community Network provides a drop-in service and one to one support for people who are experiencing problems due to alcohol or substance use, along with support to families and loved ones. The Hub offers people access to a range of different services all under one roof. These include financial, housing. […]

SDF Publish Report on the Exper

The Scottish Drugs Forum have published a report on the experiences of those who have provided emergency help to someone experiencing an overdose – A new report describes the experiences of people who have given assistance to someone who presented as having an overdose and explores their subsequent support needs. Providing emergency help to someone […]