Trends in drug use and harms in Scotland

Date: Thursday 30th May

Time: 10am – 4pm (Registration from (9:30am)

Location: Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling, Airthrey Road

Cost: £90 members | £120 non-members

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Changes in the drug supply in Scotland has led to issuing of alerts in recent months and there are concerns about the impact of the ban on opium production in Afghanistan and the supply of synthetic opioids.  But what is actually happening? – what drugs are people consuming and what harms are being caused? How can we develop an adequate response in terms of service provision and how can we ‘get ahead of the curve’? This event provides evidence of the current situation and provides a space for stakeholders to share information and develop the networks that can respond and prepare Scotland for whatever’s next.


  • Chris Rintoul – Head of Harm Reduction, Cranstoun
  • Vikki Craik –  Public Health Intelligence Adviser, Public Health Scotland
  • Hazel Torrance – Head of Forensic Toxicology, Scottish Police Authority
  • Norah Palmateer – Reader in Public Health, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Trina Ritchie – Lead Clinician, GGC Alcohol and Drug Recovery Services
  • Katy MacLeod and Jason Wallace – Living Experience Engagement, Scottish Drugs Forum
  • Lynn Couper – Senior Training & Development Officer Emergency Planning for Outbreaks of Bacterial Infection, Scottish Drugs Forum
  • Scottish Ambulance Service
  • Forth Valley ADP

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 a subsidised place  (Deadline: 2 May 2024)