Heather Black

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DiedMay 2020
Cause of deathOesophageal cancer
  • Social Worker
  • Activist

Heather Black (d. 2020) was a Scottish social worker and activist during the HIV/AIDS in the United Kingdom.[1] Black founded SHADA (Support Help and Advice for Drug Addiction) in Muirhouse, Edinburgh in 1984. Black led SHADA for 13 years, running a clean-needle programme to reduce the transmission of HIV between intravenous drug users and campaigning for better support for heroin users.[2]

SHADA later became the North Edinburgh Drug and Alcohol Centre.[3] Black died in 2020 of oesophageal cancer.[1]


  1. Ward, Sarah; Delaney, James (2020-05-27). "Tributes paid to Edinburgh 'Trainspotting nurse' who founded addiction charity". edinburghlive. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  2. "Tributes paid to Aids and drug abuse campaigner Heather Black". www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
  3. Ward, Sarah (2020-05-27). "Nurse who led efforts to tackle Edinburgh's 'Trainspotting' HIV explosion dies". Daily Record. Retrieved 2021-01-28.

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