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Supporting Families who have lost a loved one through drug or alcohol problems.

Loss of a Loved One

When families lose a loved one there are often many unanswered questions and a lack of understanding of official procedures, however this is even more so in a drug related death.

Many families have told us that when they have experienced a drugs related death, they often feel as though they have been poorly treated and many do not understand the procedures that the Police and Procurator Fiscal follow, such as items being taken from the home as evidence or why they cannot touch their loved one when identifying them.

Following on from our conference in 2012 as part of GRAND Week we have worked in partnership with Police Scotland and consulted many of our bereaved members to produce an information leaflet which will now be given to all families in Scotland following a suspected drugs death.

This leaflet, explains what procedures the Police and Procurator Fiscal have to follow and the reasons for these procedures and gives families information on where they can receive supports.

Please contact FASS if you have been affected by the loss of a loved one through drugs or alcohol problems and you would like more information on supports available to you.

Bereavement Guidelines


Guidelines for those whose work brings them into contact with adults bereaved after a drug or alcohol-related death

Information on bereavement guidelines courtesy of Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD)

If you have lost a loved one and would like support please contact FASS on 0141 420 2050 or