Overdose prevention in Scotland – what can we learn from British Columbia?

Date: Tuesday 14th May 2019
Time: 09:30am to 3:30pm
Location: The Steeple, Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DG

This event, hosted by DRNS, the Scottish Drugs Forum and Dundee City Council, featured guest speakers who joined us from British Columbia, Canada. Professor Bernie Pauly and Dr Bruce Wallace from the Canadian Institute for Substance Research shared insights on what lessons Scotland can learn from the Canadian experience of dealing with the opioid epidemic there, harm reduction measures, and how lessons learned there can be applied to overdose prevention in Scotland.

Almost 100 delegates attended the event including academic and peer researchers, Scottish Government, Local Authorities, Health and Social Care planners, NHS Health Scotland, technical experts, addiction service providers, Police Scotland, voluntary sector services, family members, concerned community members, students, and people with lived experience of drug use. Delegates learned about current multi-level approaches to overdose prevention being trialled in British Columbia and participated in small group dialogue linking innovations in Canada to work in Scotland.


The event report includes a summary of the presentations and group discussions: