Cross-Party Group on Alcohol and Drugs next meeting to focus on ‘street valium’

The Cross Party Group on Alcohol and Drugs will host their Annual General Meeting in the Scottish Parliament on the 26th of February 2019.

The group aims to examine the current policy and practice in responding to drug and alcohol use in Scotland and to advise on and promote the development of realistic, evidence-based responses, which could assist in the reduction of the damaging consequences of drug and alcohol use in Scotland.

This year, the meeting will have a specific focus on ‘street valium’ and benzodiazepine use, and will hear from a number of professionals in the field who are working actively with people who use and supply the substances.

  • Dr Paul Cawood, NHS Lothian willl discuss benzodiazepines use in Lothian
  • Jo McManus, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will discuss the challenges in benzodiazepines use in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Kevin Plank, Police Scotland will discuss benzodiazepine supply and enforcement issues for Police Scotland

Click here to view the full agenda

The meeting is free to attend, however you must secure your place by emailing

Date:  26 February 2019

Time:  6.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Location:  Committee Room 4 at the Scottish Parliament