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deaths and that is one of the prob­lems we are look­ing to solve.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence of peo­ple who have used or are presently us­ing ser­vices in the city and their fam­i­lies, as well as those who pro­vide ser­vices, will be vi­tal to help the com­mis­sion­ers in their de­lib­er­a­tions.

“We are keen to hear from any­one af­fected by drug abuse who can as­sist us in our work.”

Mr Peat added that the group was also aware of the on­go­ing re­gen­er­a­tion work in Dundee and said it aimed to make it pos­si­ble for ev­ery­one in the city to ben­e­fit from it.

Al­co­hol and drug spe­cial­ist,andy Perkins, who has 22 years’ worth of ex­pe­ri­ence in eval­u­at­ing and re­view­ing poli­cies, ser­vices and systems across the UK, said he be­lieved the group’s work could be an ex­am­ple to other ar­eas across the UK.

He added: “We have a unique op­por­tu­nity here which could have an im­pact across the country.

“Dundee has been in the spot­light be­cause of the num­ber of drug deaths. How­ever, these is­sues are not con­fined to the city.

“I have been work­ing across Eng­land and we are talk­ing about the same is­sues af­fect­ing peo­ple.

“This is the first com­mis­sion and we hope we can come up with some­thing for Dundee that can be repli­cated across the country.”

Chair­man Robert Peat is a so­cial worker and mem­ber of the NHS Tay­side Board. He works as a con­sul­tant with Sup­port in Mind Scot­land.

Prof Alex Bal­dacchino is pro­fes­sor in medicine, psy­chi­a­try and ad­dic­tions at St An­drews Uni­ver­sity.

Dr An­drew Fraser is di­rec­tor of pub­lic health science with NHS Health Scot­land.

Pro­fes­sor Eil­ish Gil­varr is a con­sul­tant psy­chi­a­trist in ad­dic­tions at New­cas­tle Ad­dic­tions Ser­vice and pro­fes­sor of ad­dic­tion psy­chi­a­try at the Uni­ver­sity of New­cas­tle Upon Tyne.

John Goldie has just com­pleted an in­de­pen­dent review of Ren­frew­shire Al­co­hol Drugs Ser­vices. He has worked in drugs ser­vices since the early 1990s.

Kevin Keenan is leader of the Labour group on Dundee City Coun­cil.

Eric Know is the CEO of Vol­un­teer Dundee.

Ku­lad­harin is the CEO of the Scot­tish Re­cov­ery Con­sor­tium and a per­son in long-term re­cov­ery from ad­dic­tions and men­tal health prob­lems.

Dave Lid­dle leads the Scot­tish Drugs Fo­rum. He has worked for the fo­rum since 1986.

Si­mon Lit­tle has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in the fields of hous­ing and home­less­ness and health and so­cial care.

Jean Lo­gan is as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of phar­macy and com­mu­nity care for NHS Forth Val­ley.

Ken Lynn is chair­man of the In­te­grated Joint Board (IJB). The councillor is also a non-ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber of the NHS Tay­side board.

Susie Mertes is the su­per­in­ten­dent re­spon­si­ble for partnerships and per­for­mance and is a mem­ber of the Po­lice Scot­land Tay­side Di­vi­sion Com­mand Team.

Justina Mur­ray is CEO of Scot­tish Fam­i­lies Af­fected by Al­co­hol and Drugs.

Pro­fes­sor Ni­amh Nic Daeid is a foren­sic chemist and di­rec­tor of the Lev­er­hulme Re­search Cen­tre for Foren­sic Science and the Foren­sic Drug Re­search Group, both at the Uni­ver­sity of Dundee.

John Owens is a so­cial worker with over 40 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in pub­lic ser­vice in both the statu­tory and vol­un­tary sec­tor.

Dr Tessa Parkes has ex­pe­ri­ence in the statu­tory and non-statu­tory health, so­cial care and hous­ing/ home­less­ness sec­tors as a front­line sup­port worker and men­tal health nurse.

Hazel Robert­son is a board mem­ber of Scot­tish Drugs Fo­rum and man­ager at Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil’s ser­vices for chil­dren, young peo­ple and fam­i­lies.

Andy Perkins has 22 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the al­co­hol and drugs field, in­clud­ing managing res­i­den­tial and in-prison al­co­hol and drug treat­ment pro­grammes.

Mem­bers of the Dundee Drug Mis­use Com­mis­sion which was set up to tackle the city’s in­creas­ing drugs prob­lem.

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