‘Connections During Crisis’ – Preventing drug deaths in Scotland

Date: Thursday 29th August 2019 / 10:00-16:00
Location: Radison Blu, Argyle Street, Glasgow
Cost: £70 (Members Early Bird Rate) / £90 (Non-Members Early Bird Rate) / Limited Supported Places Available

Join us at our upcoming conference on drug-related deaths on the 29th of August in Glasgow, which will mark International Overdose Awareness Day 2019.

Rates of accidental and preventable overdoses in Scotland continue to be the highest in Europe. This year’s conference theme ‘Connections During Crisis’ will focus on how we connect people, evidence and service provision to prevent drug deaths.

This summer, the National Records of Scotland will publish the latest statistics on drug overdose deaths in Scotland for 2018 and the Dundee Drugs Commission will also publish its final report.  This event will also build on SDF’s work on Staying Alive In Scotland.

Click here to fill out a booking form to secure your place

SDF are delighted that our keynote speaker will be Garth Mullins who will be visiting from Canada.

Garth is a drug user activist and award-winning radio documentarian. He is host and executive producer of the Crackdown podcast where people who use drugs cover the war on drugs as war correspondents.

Garth used heroin for over a decade and is now on a methadone prescription. He is a member of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users and is also a trade union organiser and musician.

SDF are offering a limited number of reduced rate ‘early bird’ places at £70 for members and £90 for non-members (SDF Membership is free – apply here) until the 31st of July.  To apply for the reduced rate place,  complete a booking form ASAP.  SDF will reply to confirm your receipt of a reduced rate place.

SDF aims to make our events accessible to all and therefore a number of supported places have been set aside for those who would wish to, but cannot afford to attend this event. Unfortunately, there are a limited number of supported places available. If you would like to apply for a place at the conference free of charge, simply select ‘Supported Place Request’ on the booking form – SDF will then contact you to confirm your place if able to do so.

Further speakers and workshops will be announced at a  later date.

Click here to fill out a booking form to secure your place.


Current Programme

10am  –  Chair – Joe Tay, NHS Lothian

10:10  –  Dave Liddell, SDF – Scotland’s Overdose Crisis

10:30  –  Garth Mullins, Vancouver – The Drug War, covered by drug users as war correspondents

11:10  –  Refreshment Break

11:30  –  TBC

11:50  –  TBC

12:10  –  Becky Metcalfe, NHS GGC & Glasgow Caledonian University – High Mortality Rate Amongst People Who Inject Drugs Diagnosed With HIV in Glasgow

12:30  –  Lunch

13:15  –  Workshop Session One

1)  How to start up an organisation led by people who use drugs – Garth Mullins

2) Staying Alive in Scotland: strategies to prevent drug deaths – Mariebeth Kilbride, SDF

3) Out of the clinic and in to people’s homes: outreach nursing in NHS Lothian – Susan Carmichael, NHS Lothian

4) TBC

14:30  –  Refreshment Break

14:50  –  Workshop Session One

1) Engaging With People Who Use Drugs in Glasgow City Centre – Jason Wallace, SDF and TBC

2) Optimising Opioid Agonist Therapy – Trina Ritchie, NHS GGC and Austin Smith, SDF)

3) Roles and Opportunities for Nurses Working with People who use Substances – Gill Donnan, Addaction Borders and Justin Murray, NHS D&G

16.05  –  Close