SDF’s e-learning expands with new introductory drug awareness course

Scottish Drugs Forum is pleased to announce the launch of a new e-learning resource dedicated to raising basic knowledge and awareness of illicit drugs that are commonly used in Scotland.

The free-to-access, one-hour ‘Drug Awareness’ introductory course can be completed in one sitting, or alternatively be completed in separate sittings to provide a fully flexible learning experience.

Alongside our face-to-face training, SDF has been supporting the development of e-learning courses on a variety of topics as it is recognised as an effective tool for individuals who may experience constraints on available time and budget.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify a range of reasons why people use drugs
  • Describe patterns of drug use
  • Recall commonly used drugs in Scotland
  • Understand and explain harm reduction techniques

Although the course has been designed to meet the needs of people who may come into contact with people who use drugs, various other audiences will benefit from the e-learning, including; GPs, nurses, teachers, police, housing workers, social workers, mental health workers and the general public.

The e-learning course provides an introduction to substance use in Scotland and is an ideal precursor for the face-to-face ‘Drugs Awareness’ course that is delivered by SDF’s skilled workforce development trainers. Currently this is available for free to people who work in within the Glasgow City area with multiple full and half day sessions available to book via the SDF Workforce Development website.

For organisations in Glasgow who have a larger workforce, SDF are able to deliver ‘in-house’ training within your workplace, to arrange this please contact Graham MacKintosh at

Commissioned ‘Drug Awareness’ face-to-face training sessions are also available to book for services across Scotland through contacting SDF’s Workforce Development Programme Manager, Richard Bloodworth at 0141 221 1175 or

Scottish Drugs Forum would like to thank Nikki Boyle and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde for assisting with the development and testing of the course.

Click here to sign up for free to the ‘Drug Awareness’ e-learning course course