Dundee Drugs Commission

Dundee Drugs Commission,

This page is being used to host information about the commission, this page will be updated regularly. If you have any questions about the commission please contact Andy Perkins by telephone on 01382 224846 or email –



The Commission has identified the significant number of drug deaths in Dundee as its first and most pressing priority. With this in mind the Commission is keen to engage with as wide an audience as possible to understand why Dundee is facing these challenges and to identify better solutions. The Commission is also aware that these issues are not confined to Dundee, and that lessons can be learned which could be applied across Scotland (and beyond).

We have developed a very simple (one key question) survey which we want to use to hear people’s voices and to encourage as wide an audience as possible to sign up for regular updates about the work of the Commission. The survey can be accessed at:

and will be open for completion until Friday 7th September 2018.

We would be grateful if you could complete the survey yourself as well as distribute the survey link to as many people as you think might also be interested – whether in Scotland or elsewhere.



The next meeting of the Drugs Commission will be held on Wednesday 22nd August 2018 at The Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre (meeting room on level 5). There will be an open session (from 1.00pm – 2.40pm) hearing evidence from the Dundee Alcohol and Drugs Partnership in regards the work they have been coordinating over recent years. In addition, the Commission will hear evidence from Professor John Dillon and Ann Eriksen (NHS Tayside) in relation to work that has been done around the eradication of Hepatitis C and the successful reduction of teenage pregnancies in Dundee. The Commission is keen to learn lessons from other initiatives in Dundee that have successfully challenged complex health and social care challenges. We are required by the venue to register people’s attendance at this event.  If you would like to book a place at the open session please phone Jenni – 01382 224846 or email at Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. 



Dundee, like most cities, has problems with drug misuse which impact on many of our communities. This is a complex and serious issue and the Council, NHS Tayside and all our partners in the city are determined to take action to address it.

The Dundee Partnership has asked Figure 8 Consultancy to set up and facilitate an independent commission. The commission is tasked with investigating these issues, scrutinising local services and making recommendations on how, as a city and a community planning partnership, can address this and turn outcomes around.

This is being supported by local and national politicians and local service commissioners and managers. So, there will be the right climate to ask the hard questions and introduce meaningful change. Its independence will enable it to be rigorous and challenging whilst also acknowledging the challenges faced by local services.


Minutes of Meetings

Minutes of Meeting – 30th May 2018




Twenty-three members have been recruited to the commission – all of whom are giving their time to help.  There are eighteen professional members from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, who are complemented by a further five members who either have lived experience of drug use or are family members of drug users.

For full details on the commissioners please click here – Commissioners