Scottish Drugs Forum are pleased to offer an early bird rate to our upcoming conference on drug-related deaths in August, which will mark International Overdose Awareness Day.
‘Working Together to Prevent Drug-related Deaths’ will explore how preventing drug-related deaths should be everyone’s responsibility and how it is possible to work in partnership to avoid such devastating loss of lives.
The event, taking place on the 30th of August in Glasgow, will seek to build on SDF’s work on Staying Alive In Scotland and is timely, as it will follow the launch of Scotland’s drug strategy and the National Records of Scotland report on the number of lives tragically lost through preventable fatal overdoses in 2017.
Presentations and workshops will offer inspirational strategies based on good practice and training tasters on skills and knowledge required by frontline staff and managers to support improvements in service provision.
Speakers and facilitators will be drawn from key services and this event will be of interest to commissioners and planners, staff working in criminal justice and enforcement, treatment, care and support, pharmacy, general practice, first response and services working with peers and families.
SDF are also delighted to announce that our keynote speaker will be Dr. Marilou Gagnon, RN, PhD Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa
Marilou’s research addresses gaps in knowledge that have the potential to inform public debate and policies, while also advancing the rights and the health of marginalized communities.
She was the founder of the Coalition of Nurses for Supervised Injection Services. She is the creator and manager of the Facebook campaign Harm Reduction = Nursing Care, founder and editor of the blog The Radical Nurse, and co-president of The Nursing Observatory – a watchdog collective that analyzes and takes action on key nursing issues in Canada.
Marilou is a co-founder and current President of the Harm Reduction Nurses Association.