DRNS provides a range of events to:

  • Share the results of Scottish and international drugs research,
  • Support development of evidence-informed policy and practice,
  • Inform priorities for future Scottish drugs research,
  • Engage with the community of researchers, practitioners, policy makers and beneficiaries including people who use(d) drugs and their families.

Upcoming events

Opioids, pain, dependence and harms

18th September 2019. 11:00-3:00. University of Stirling

An interactive symposium with Dr Peggy Compton and Dr Marty Cheatle (University of Pennsylvania) and Dr Richard Cooper (University of Sheffield). The aims of this event are to:

  • Share learning and emerging findings from the USA and England with colleagues in Scotland.
  • Discuss how this learning can inform Scottish policy and practice.
  • Explore the potential for subsequent Scottish academic and clinical research, including international collaborations with colleagues from Penn University and England.

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DRNS Conference 2019: Drugs research – priorities for the future.

25th November 2019. 09:30-4:30. Radisson Blu, Glasgow

The second annual DRNS conference, supported by the Society for the Study of Addiction, where we will focus on knowledge, skills and issues relevant to the future of drugs research in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Joe Fitzpatrick (Public Health Minister, Scottish Government) will open the event. Speakers include Prof Roy Robertson (U of Edinburgh), Dr Magdalena Harris (LSHTM), Dr Adam Winstock (UCL), and Prof Fiona Measham (Durham U). DRNS academic Theme Leads will chair sessions on Prevention; Harms; Families; and Health, Social Care and Wellbeing. Methodological workshops will be delivered by Dr Fiona Harris (U of Stirling), Dr Steve McGillivray (U of Dundee), and Dr Mark McCann (Glasgow U).

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Previous events

Here we share the outputs from previous events including presentations and event reports.

Reducing Drug-Related Deaths. 18th June 2018. Glasgow Caledonian University. Seminar with Prof Jane Buxton, harm reduction lead for the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. The event included sessions on Take Home Naloxone and the use of Enhanced Overdose Surveillance and Data. Speakers were Dr Andrew McAuley (GCU), Kirsten Horsburgh (SDF), Dr Rebecca McDonald (King’s College London), Lee Barnsdale (NHS National Services Scotland).

Presentations are available from:


Drug-Related Deaths Among Women in Scotland. 10th September 2018. University of Stirling. Dr Emily Tweed (U of Glasgow) presented her report for Scottish Government on Drug-Related Deaths Among Women and Lee Barnsdale presented a gendered analysis of data from the Scottish Drug-Related Deaths database.

Dr Tweed’s report, her and Lee’s slides, and an event report are available at:


DRNS Conference 2018. 28th November 2018. Grand Central Hotel Glasgow. Our first annual conference featured keynote presentations from Prof Alex Stevens (U of Kent), Prof Betsy Thom (Middlesex U), Prof Harry Sumnall (Liverpool John Moores U) and workshops of Peer involvement in research, Preparing a strong grant application, Large data, Ethics and governance, and Communicating with policy makers.

Outputs including presentations, an event report and video are available from: