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 07949 775026 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).

As part of the evidence gathering phase of the Commission, a survey was created and disseminated across Dundee and beyond (via hard copies, a weblink and via social media). The survey consisted of demographic questions and one key open-ended question:

What has to be done in Dundee (and across Scotland/elsewhere) to radically reduce the increasing numbers of drug-related deaths? A total of 927 responses have been included in the summary analysis which can be downloaded via the following link: Evidence Paper, Survey Initial Analysis


The next meeting of the Drugs Commission will be held on Wednesday 20th February at the DCA in meeting room 5, the open session will take place from 12.45pm – 2.15pm. There will be a panel based discussion with two GP’s (Dr John Budd and Dr Joe Tay) who have special interest in working with substance users. 

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 Andy – 07949 775026 or email at Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. 


The Commission will shortly e concluding its evidence gathering and moving towards analysing and writing up its findings. A conference, where the findings of the Commission will be launched, is being planned for late May or early June 2019. Furhter details will be posted here soon.


We are now sending out a monthly e-newsletter with updates on the Drugs Commission, if you would like to sign-up to this please contact Andy at –


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 Meeting – 30th May 2018

Minutes of Meeting – 26th June 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