Developing Scottish Drugs Prevention Research

13.00-15.30. Monday 20th August. University of Stirling.

The Drugs Research Network Scotland (DRNS) exists to support the development of research to understand and address problem drug use in Scotland. “Prevention” is one of our four research themes, along with: Harms; Families; and Health, Wellbeing & Support.

The DRNS is holding a half-day meeting to develop a Scottish drugs prevention agenda and identify a number of research projects for development. These projects may be small, local or area based studies as well as larger studies. We are seeking representation from people currently active in drugs-related research and those who can contribute to the design and delivery of research projects and funding bids. Ideally, teams would consist of academic researchers and practitioners and other stakeholders interested in research collaboration.

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13:00 Sandwich lunch
13:30 Welcome and introductions
13:40 Defining “Prevention of problem drug use”
13:50 Overview of current Scottish research activity
14:10 Towards a Scottish drugs prevention agenda: What Prevention research is needed in Scotland, and who might fund this work?
14:45 Discussion and prioritisation of ideas for development into research projects. Identifying teams of people to develop projects.
15:15 Next steps
15:30 Close