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Motion ref. S6M-05887

Recovery Month 2022

Submitted by: Stuart McMillan, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Thursday, September 22, 2022

Submitting member has a registered interest.

Supported by: Karen Adam, Jackie Baillie, Jeremy Balfour, Colin Beattie, Miles Briggs, Siobhian Brown, Alexander Burnett, Stephanie Callaghan, Bob Doris, Sharon Dowey, Jackie Dunbar, Annabelle Ewing, Russell Findlay, Kenneth Gibson, Pam Gosal, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Audrey Nicoll, Kaukab Stewart, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance, Evelyn Tweed, Martin Whitfield, Brian Whittle
Current status: Achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament commends the efforts of third and public sector organisations across Inverclyde during Recovery Month 2022; understands that to mark International Overdose Awareness Day on 31 August 2022, Moving On Inverclyde, the Salvation Army in Greenock, Inverclyde Recovery Hub, CVS Inverclyde and Jericho House took part in Inverclyde Council’s alcohol and drugs team's Recovery Opens Doors initiative, where they were open to the public and other stakeholders, highlighting the work they do to help those living with addiction within the community; further understands that the organisations have come together to offer a range of events during September for Recovery Month, including a remembrance vigil to remember those who have been lost to alcohol and drug misuse, a recovery football tournament, involving teams from Jericho House, The Haven and Inverclyde Recovery Hub, a stigma and kindness workshop, and tea in the park, offering live music, face painting and food for free; believes that partnership working in Inverclyde is having a positive impact on efforts to reduce alcohol and drug-related deaths in the community, with, it understands, the number of drugs deaths reducing from 33 to 16 last year; considers that this figure still represents 16 lives lost, with the lives of families and friends being devastated, and notes the view that efforts to prevent drugs deaths must continue at pace so that the number of people who succumb to addiction continues to fall; grieves the loss of all those who have lost their lives through addiction, and notes the view that Parliament should do all it can to prevent drug and alcohol related deaths and to help ensure people have access to the right treatment at the right time.