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Alcohol and drugs are killing the people we love.


In these letters and films, family members and friends talk to loved ones about their love, loss, and the future.

Everybody knows someone affected by Alcohol and Drugs


In 2022 there were 1051 drug-related deaths and 1276 alcohol-specific deaths in Scotland. Behind every tragic death from alcohol and drugs are family and friends.

These stories show the devastating impact the loss of a life to alcohol or drugs has on the family and friends left behind.


We have the power to create change, especially when we come together to take action. You can support this work by agreeing to the "See Beyond" pledge below.

“I pledge to be respectful and compassionate towards those affected by substance use, including the families and friends of those who have died from alcohol or drugs.


I will show respect by using kind and non-judgmental language about those affected by alcohol or drugs.


I will show compassion by reaching out to someone who has lost a loved one to alcohol or drugs and asking them how they are doing today.”

Thank you for making a difference.

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This project was devised and delivered by The Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research based at University of Stirling. It took inspiration (with permission) from a similar project in Canada, which highlighted parents impacted by the death of a child due to drugs. 


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