Support workers have been left sickened after stickers were posted around Dundee highlighting the city’s grim claim to fame as Europe’s drug deaths capital.
They have been posted in various prominent locations, including in a bus shelter in Lochee High Street.
The stickers read “I dropped dead in Dundee” and “European drug death capital 2018”.
Danielle Jamieson, who was recently affected by a drugs death, said she was “disgusted” by the stickers.
Danielle, who is now a volunteer with Recovery Dundee, said: “These stickers show no respect at all for anyone who may have been affected by a drugs death.
“They are disgusting.
“Everyone knows we have a drugs issue in Dundee but this is not acceptable.
“This is doing nothing to help at all. Every drugs death is someone’s family member, a brother or child or parent.
“These stickers are opening wounds that people don’t need opened.”
Sharon Brand, a recovering addict who founded Recovery Dundee, also condemned whoever is posting the stickers.
“These stickers have been seen in and around the city,” she said.
“I just want to say to whoever put them up that any drugs death is someone’s family member, not a statistic or a way to get attention.
“These were people who lived and loved. People who have children that, every single day, wake up knowing they won’t see them again.
“I’m an activist and I’m all for raising awareness but this is just not the way.
“It’s cold, unsympathetic and totally takes away from the fact these people were members of our community.
“They had futures, no matter how bad their lives were, and they mattered.”
Andy Perkins, of Dundee’s Drug Commission, said: “I’ve been made aware of these stickers and have seen a photograph of one.
“We are currently working hard to have meaningful dialogue over the drug deaths situation in Dundee.
“We are working hard to reduce the number of drug deaths in the city and this kind of thing is unhelpful.”
Dundee City Council was asked for comment but hadn’t responded by the time the Tele went to press.