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


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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Integrated mental health and addiction care: a framework for co-production

Thu. 5th Dec. 2:15 – 4:00. University of Stirling

This session explores the co-design and co-implementation of standardised but flexible integrated care across separate mental health and addiction services in regional Australia.

Dr Catherine Foley is a psychologist with a clinical background in substance use, mental illness, and trauma. She works as a research fellow with the Australian National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and as a clinician with the NSW Health Service. Cath will present work that shows how historical and systemic differences can be traversed to improve treatment delivery for a prevalent and vulnerable population. It offers a framework for designing evidence-informed care that is acceptable to clients and feasible for practitioners to implement, and an opportunity to deliver meaningful support for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/drug conditions.

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: