Developing research to inform policy and practice

The Drugs Research Network for Scotland (DRNS) aims to develop collaborative research across disciplines, organisations and countries to generate high-quality evidence that will inform developments in policy and practice.

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Call for resources

DRNS are updating our resources related to Peer Research – a participatory research method, where members of a given community (i.e., people who use(d) substances and affected family members) are trained and supported to undertake research in their own communities. This includes training materials, academic outputs from research applying this methodology, health and wellbeing support tools, and best-practice guidance.

If you have any ideas as to the types of resources it would be helpful for us to gather, please contact Josh Dumbrell, DRNS Research Assistant (Peer Research). 07557 859757 j.l.dumbrell@stir.ac.uk

DRNS are updating our resources related to Peer Research – a participatory research method, where members of a given community (i.e., people who use(d) substances and affected family members) are trained and supported to undertake research in their own communities. This includes training materials, academic outputs from research applying this methodology, health and wellbeing support tools, and best-practice guidance.

If you have any ideas as to the types of resources it would be helpful for us to gather, please contact Josh Dumbrell, DRNS Research Assistant (Peer Research). 07557 859757 j.l.dumbrell@stir.ac.uk

DRNS knowledge exchange event

‘DRNS is holding this online event on the 14th December 2022 at 10.30am on overdose risks of over the counter and prescription medication use and the role of pharmacies in overdose prevention. The event will be chaired by Professor Catriona Matheson, DRNS Co-Convenor and University of Stirling. Speakers will be presenting on a collection of related research studies that have explored the needs of people who are prescribed opioids for chronic non cancer pain or who take over the counter and prescription-only medications, and the potential for new interventions to reduce risk and harms delivered by community pharmacists.

The event will take place on Microsoft Teams, with joining details sent to those registered. There will be a limited number of attendee spaces available, so please sign up early to ensure a space!

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About DRNS

Funded by the Scottish government, the DRNS aims to develop a Scottish drugs research strategy to build capacity, maximise research investment and deliver robust, high-quality research evidence to inform policy and practice relevant to problem drug use and recovery in Scotland. As well as facilitating collaboration across Scotland, we will also develop links with leading researchers elsewhere in the UK and in other countries.

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Membership benefits

DRNS membership is free and open to anyone with an interest in drug and alcohol research. We provide activities and events to promote the emerging drugs research community, as well as professional and career development opportunities. Applications are especially welcome from peer researchers, Master and PhD students, Early Career Researchers and practitioners seeking to develop skills and contacts.

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