SDF Insights Event

Date: Wednesday 20 March 2024

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm (Registration from 9.30am)

Location: COSLA, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh

Cost: £90 (SDF Members) £120 (Non Members)

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Scottish Drugs Forum’s Insights Event will feature insights into drug use, harms and service provision from a range of learning approaches – inquiry, research and experience.

The varied programme will cover a range of issues and interventions and provide opportunities for delegates to learn and engage with other perspectives and approaches.

The programme will include smaller group exploration of the most interesting recent research and evaluation work.

The aim is to connect people across Scotland, across the drugs field and share and learn together.


Karin Goodwin, Co-editor and Journalist, The Ferret

Using grassroots media to tackle drug-related deaths through storytelling

Mat Southwell, Project Executive, EuroNPUD

Involving people who use drugs in the design and development of service provision

Katy MacLeod, Research and Peer Engagement Programme Manager, and Samantha Stewart, Research and Peer Engagement Senior Officer, SDF

Medication Assisted Treatment – observation study

James Nicholls, Senior Lecturer in Public Health, University of Stirling

Needs assessment and feasibility study for a safer drug consumption facility in Edinburgh

Chair – Andy McAuley, Professor of Public Health, Glasgow Caledonian University 

Parallel Sessions

Residential Rehabilitation: The evaluation and longer term outcomes of LEAP, NHS Lothian and assessing who may benefit from a residential rehabilitation service

Martin Anderson, University of Glasgow, Dr Nina MacKenzie, NHS Lanarkshire and  Dr Duncan Stewart, LEAP

Prescribing benzodiazepines, gabapentinoids and Z drugs: Risks in the prescription of gabapentinoids and Z-drugs to people on OST

Megan Glancy, Glasgow Caledonian University

Benzodiazepine Working Group: New guidance on MAT standard informed prescribing of benzodiazepines

Dr Claire Campbell, Aberdeen Integrated Drug and Alcohol Services,  Dr Trina Ritchie, GGC Alcohol and Drug Recovery Services, and Elinor Dickie, Public Health Scotland

Reducing harm in stimulant use: The safe inhalation pipe provision evaluation and issues in reducing harm for people who inject cocaine in poly-substance use

Mat Southwell, EuroNPUD and John Campbell, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Women engaging with services: The situation of women engaging with services and how women who use substances during pregnancy experience integrated care pathways

Lynne Gilmour and Louise Honeybul, University of Stirling with Adrienne Hannah

Health messaging to people at risk and wider public: The evaluation of the How To Save a Life Campaign

Kirsten Trayner, Glasgow Caledonian University

A very limited number of subsidised places are available for this event for people who cannot pay to attend – students, people with lived and living experience and others.  Please complete the application for a subsidised place.  Successful applicants will be informed.  

Click here to apply for subsidised place