In 2012 FASS hosted a conference as part of GRAND (Get Real about Alcohol N' Drugs), the conference was looking at the way some families had been treated by officials following the loss of a loved one through a drug related death. To highlight the stories of some of our families we commissioned Drama teacher Ann Mathieson to work with some of our families and to produce a drama highlighting the affect on a family who have lost a loved one to a drug related death. Concept for this drama was by Marlene Taylor, FASS Service Manager. This drama was named 'Chap at the Door' and all of the characters were played by family members and volunteers. This conference raised awareness of the need for families to be given more information by the police and the Procurator Fiscal when their loved one had died through a suspected drug related death. A result of this was that FASS now has a good relationship with the Police and Procurator Fiscal and we are able to contact either on behalf of families if they feel they have not received the information they should. Police Scotland has now produced a leaflet that is given to family members explaining what will procedures need to be followed and a list of contact details of supports available to them.
It was initially intended that this drama would be performed once at the conference, however response to the drama was overwhelming and we quickly started to receive many requests for 'Chap at the Door' to be performed at a variety of events and conferences.
In 2013 we wanted to highlight the need for family members to be able to access Naloxone, which is a life saving opiate overdose reversal drug and we felt that a follow on drama 'The Aftermath' would be the best way to promote this.
Once again 'The Aftermath' received great feedback with many organisations and community groups requesting this drama to be performed live at various events.
Both drama's have been performed at a variety of events including Edinburgh Fringe, Holyrood, London, Lanarkshire ADP Fife ADP & a variety of community events throughout the city and further afield.
Due to the popularity of these drama's with support from Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS TV Production Team we had both drama's professional recorded and edited for TV.