On the 6th of September AIR members were in a gathering of people in George Square in Glasgow, not one or two, not a couple of dozen but hundreds of people. All these people have one thing in common, they have lost or know someone who has lost a friend or family member through drug overdose, alcohol related death or suicide.
People made handcrafted flowers to represent those lost and these were planted in George Square, a beautiful sight yet hugely emotional for those present
With last year’s published figures standing close to three thousand deaths we had a simple request, for the Scottish Government to declare a National Emergency to address this issue. It not right that in this day and age that we as a society accept such heart rending figures. Those we have lost are all someone’s son or daughter, brother or sister father or mother, they had a right to a life and a right to access help to achieve that, their family and friends had a right to their company, friendship and support.
We stand horrified at the level of road deaths, at the losses of our brave troops on active duty, so why accept the loss of our family and friends through addiction and suicide.
It is time to come together not just in remembrance but in action to support those who need and deserve our help. Please visit the Scottish Recovery Consortium website where you can add your name to a petition to this effect.