Scottish Government Report
Drug-related deaths (DRD) have increased significantly in Scotland in recent years. Although men still account for the majority of cases, over the last 10 years the percentage increase in deaths has been much greater among women than among men. A new Scottish Government report examines potential explanations for this phenomenon and identifies priority areas for future work.
- http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0053/00537548.pdf (pdf of main report)
- http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0053/00537476.pdf (pdf of summary report)
To support this report and associated work, the Drugs Research Network Scotland organised a seminar on DRD among women held at the University of Stirling on Monday 10th September.
- Lee Barnsdale (Information Services Division Scotland): Gender, drug use and death (pdf copy of slides)
- Dr Emily Tweed (University of Glasgow): Why are DRDs among women increasing in Scotland (pdf copy of slides)
Seminar report and next steps
A report summarising this event is available here: Drug-related Deaths Among Women – DRNS seminar report.
DRNS will discuss the potential for further data analysis with presenters to answer some of the queries raised today. Points raised at the seminar will inform the ongoing development of the DRNS research agenda. People interested in taking a lead on specific topics arising from this event are invited to contact DRNS so we can progress coordinated work in this area and avoid duplication moving forward.