Presentations and workshops will explore how preventing drug-related deaths is everyone’s responsibility and how we can work in partnership to avoid such devastating loss of lives.
The event will seek to build on SDF’s work on Staying Alive In Scotland and is timely, as it will follow the launch of Scotland’s drug strategy and the National Records of Scotland report on the number of lives tragically lost through preventable fatal overdoses in 2017.
Presentations and workshops will offer inspirational strategies based on good practice and training tasters on skills and knowledge required by frontline staff and managers to support improvements in service provision.
Speakers and facilitators will be drawn from key services and this event will be of interest to commissioners and planners, staff working in criminal justice and enforcement, treatment, care and support, pharmacy, general practice, first response and services working with peers and families.
This event marks International Overdose Awareness Day.
SDF are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker will be Dr. Marilou Gagnon, RN, PhD Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa
Marilou’s research addresses gaps in knowledge that have the potential to inform public debate and policies, while also advancing the rights and the health of marginalized communities.
She was the founder of the Coalition of Nurses for Supervised Injection Services. She is the creator and manager of the Facebook campaign Harm Reduction = Nursing Care, founder and editor of the blog The Radical Nurse, and co-president of The Nursing Observatory – a watchdog collective that analyzes and takes action on key nursing issues in Canada.
Marilou is a co-founder and current President of the Harm Reduction Nurses Association.
SDF are also delighted to have three other speakers at the event who will bring a variety of knowledge and experience to the days proceedings.
Dr Joe Tay – GP with a special interest in addictions working as a partner in Sighthill Green Medical Practice and the Lothian Substance Misuse Directorate in Edinburgh.
ACC Steve Johnson – Assistant Chief Constable for Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism and Chair of the Drugs Strategy Group, Police Scotland.
Laura Kerr – Lead Officer, Alcohol and Drugs (Tayside), Angus Alcohol and Drugs Partnership.