Prof Bernie Pauly and Dr Bruce Wallace (Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research) delivered this interactive workshop in Dundee on 14th May 2019. The event was organised by Drugs Research Network for Scotland in partnership with Scottish Drugs Forum and Dundee City Council.
Bernie and Bruce described the response to drug-related deaths in British Columbia (BC) and highlighted the need to develop equity-informed responses in partnership with people who use drugs to meet their needs and save lives. In BC the provincial government declared a Public Health Emergency which facilitated the introduction and scaling-up of ‘novel and nimble’ interventions. Key features included partnerships between academics, service providers and the meaningful involvement of people who use drugs. Community activism sustained a strong public profile of the issues and led the way in delivery of overdose prevention / supervised consumption facilities. Drugs research provided evidence of the most effective developments to help direct the response.
This report has been circulated to delegates and is being made publicly available to help inform policy and practice responses to drug-related deaths and harmful non-fatal drug overdoses in Scotland.
Bernie and Bruce’s slides and video of their presentations will be made available soon.