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Date: Wednesday 31st August 2022/ 9am – 4pm
Location: Grand Central Hotel, 99 Gordon St, Glasgow G1 3SF
Cost: £65 (SDF members)/£80 (Non-member rate)

Places are limited so early booking is advised.

Scottish Drugs Forum marks International Overdose Awareness Day 2022 with its first face-to-face live conference since lockdown in Glasgow.

This conference will explore policy and practice innovation and feature discussion around different aspects of drug death prevention including international perspectives, emergency service response and the important role of living experience perspectives.

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This conference will be chaired by David Strang – chair of the Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce. He is a former chief constable and was also HM Chief Inspector of Prisons in Scotland.

Opening Statement: Orlando Heijmer-Mason – Head of the Scottish Government’s Drugs Policy Division


Fiona McQueen- Vice Chair of the Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce and former Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland.

Presentation: Recommendations from the Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce


Alan Miller – Professor of Practice in Human Rights at Strathclyde University, independent expert with the UN’s Crisis Bureau, advisor on the Human Rights Bill and Chair of Scotland’s Drugs Mission National Collaborative

Presentation: The National Collaborative: a human rights-based approach to save and improve lives


Naomi Burke-Shyne – Executive Director of Harm Reduction International. She has 19 years of international experience at the intersection of law, harm reduction, HIV and human rights.

Presentation: Global Perspectives on Harm Reduction


Alex Stevens – Professor in Criminal Justice in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. He is Chair of the Drugs Science Enhanced Harm Reduction Working Group.

Presentation: Safer Injecting in the UK: The Enhanced Harm Reduction Working Group


Dr Saket Priyadarshi – Associate Medical Director, Alcohol and Drug Recovery Services at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Presentation: Progress Towards a Safer Drug Consumption Facility in Glasgow


Tracey Clusker – Clinical Lead for the Medication Assisted Treatment Standards in Public Health Scotland

Presentation: The Role of Medication Assisted Treatment in Preventing Drug Deaths


Jason Wallace – Senior Development Officer who leads and manages the Volunteering and Engagement Programme at Scottish Drugs Forum over the last decade Jason has been involved with Peer research team and Naloxone team, working alongside people with living/lived experience

Presentation: The Importance of Living Experience Networks


Wez Steele and KerryAnn Colquhoun – Wez and KerryAnn lead on the delivery of the national peer naloxone work at Scottish Drugs Forum

Presentation: Saving Lives: Peer Naloxone Distribution


Emergency service responses

Police Scotland – Anton Stephenson and Chris Devlin

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service – Paul Blackwood

Scottish Ambulance Service – Julie McCartney, Lauren Sloey and Mary Munro

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SDF can offer a limited number of free places at this event.

Priority will be given to people with experience of a drug problem; who are not employed in drugs or related work areas; and who have been unable to secure funding locally through their local services or Alcohol and Drug Partnership or other organisation.

Anyone wanting to apply for a free place should contact enquiries@sdf.org.uk  and ask for an application.

Places are limited and this is likely to be heavily oversubscribed.

Applications must be made before 29 July 2022

Anyone who is being offered a free place will be contacted and need to confirm that they will attend the conference.

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