MSPs hear evidence on drug use, treatment and prevention at Holyrood

The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee recently heard evidence on drug use as part of an inquiry into Preventative Agenda during a session with experts in the substance use field.

Prior to the session taking place, the Committee issued a short targeted call for views with the following questions:

  • To what extent do you believe the Scottish Government’s national drugs strategy, The Road to Recovery, and the approach by Integration Authorities and NHS Boards are preventative?
  • Is the approach adequate or is more action needed?
  • What evaluation has been done of interventions?
  • Are the services and national drugs strategy being measured and evaluated in terms of cost and benefit?

The submitted responses can be viewed in the accompanying agenda document.

The session, held on the 30th of January, allowed MSPs in the Committee to pose questions to representatives from each organisation who responded to the consultation.

Although the initial aim of the session was to discuss preventative measures in regards to drug use, the remit of the event was widened in respect of the upcoming, Scottish drug strategy refresh. Topics discussed included stigma, opioid substitution treatment, access to treatment and budget constraints.

Those giving evidence on the day included:

  • David Liddell, Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Drugs Forum
  • Dr Adam Brodie, Faculty of Addictions Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland;
  • Teresa Medhurst, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Scottish Prison Service;
  • Emma Crawshaw, Chief Executive Officer, Crew 2000 Scotland;
  • Andrew Horne, Director, Addaction Scotland;
  • Lorna Holmes, Head of Services, Cyrenians;
  • John McKenzie, Chief Superintendent, Specialist Crime Division, Head of Safer Communities, Police Scotland;
  • Dharmacarini Kuladharini, Chief Executive, Scottish Recovery Consortium;
  • Fiona Moss, Glasgow City Alcohol and Drug Partnership, Head of Health Improvement and Equalities, Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership;
  • Dr Carole Hunter, Lead Pharmacist, Addiction Services, Alcohol and Drug Recovery Services, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde;
  • Dr Craig Sayers, representative for Scotland, RCGP Secure Environment Group;

Click here to view a transcript of the session

Click here to view a video of the second half of the session, with contributions from SDF’s David Liddell