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 are organising a seminar on DRD among women. This event will be held at the University of Stirling on the afternoon of Monday 10th September. Confirmed speakers include:
- Dr Emily Tweed (NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the University of Glasgow). As lead author of the Scottish Government report, Emily will present a summary of key findings from the project.
- Lee Barnsdale (Information Services Division). Lee is Principle Information Analyst on Drugs for ISD and will present a gendered analysis of the latest Scottish DRD data.
The seminar will be chaired by Dr Aileen O’Gorman, Senior Lecturer on the postgraduate Contemporary Drug and Alcohol Studies programme at UWS and the DRNS’ Research Theme Lead for Harms.
Delegates will gain an understanding of how DRD is patterned among Scottish women and the likely causative factors, explore required responses, and contribute to the development of a responsive Scottish research agenda.