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

We are delighted to welcome to Dundee our guest speakers who join us from British Columbia.

Professor Bernie Pauly and Dr Bruce Wallace from the Canadian Institute for Substance Research will share 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. The audience will learn about current multi-level approaches to overdose prevention being trialled in British Columbia. The event will also offer the chance to participate in small group dialogue linking innovations in Canada to work in Scotland.

Prof. Bernie Pauly is a registered nurse, educator and researcher whose focus is on substance use and promoting health equity in health systems. She is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria and a Scientist at the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research as well as an Honorary Professor at the University of Stirling. She is leading the Canadian Managed Alcohol Program Study which is the first national study to focus on the implementation and impacts of Managed Alcohol Programs in Canada. Bernie is co-investigator on the NIHR-funded Supporting Harm Reduction through Peer Support (SHARPS) feasibility study based at Salvation Army Centre for Addictions Services and Research at the University of Stirling.

Dr Bruce Wallace is an associate professor with University of Victoria’s School of Social Work, a scientist with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research and the co-chair of the Pacific Housing Research Network(PHRN). His research focuses on substance use and harm reduction, poverty and homelessness and access to health care, including dental care. He is an engaged scholar with many years of community-based research in Victoria employing health equity and social justice approaches to his projects. Bruce’s research has been responsive to the illicit drug overdose emergency in BC as he co-leads several research initiatives including analysis of the implementation and impacts of the novel overdose prevention sites established in Victoria BC and a drug checking pilot project and evaluation. Bruce teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate social work program, currently teaching policy and research courses. He was recently awarded the Victoria Community Leadership Award and the University of Victoria Provost’s Advocacy and Activism Award.  

The event will take place from 9:30am until 3:30pm with refreshments and lunch included.

Indicative timings

09:30 Refreshments and registration
10:00 Welcome
10.10 Presentation 1 – Equity Oriented and Informed Overdose Responses
11:00  Small group table discussions and feedback to speakers
12:00  Networking lunch
12:45  Presentation 2 – Peer to Peer Support Interventions for Peers providing overdose services
01:30  Small group discussions on application of the learning to the Scottish context
02:30  General feedback to speakers and large group discussion
02:45  Informal dialogue with speakers, refreshments/networking

This event will be of relevance to academic and peer researchers, policy makers, service providers, technical experts, family members and people with lived experience of drug use. There is capacity for up to 100 delegates to attend and we will be charging a nominal fee for tickets in order to reduce the cost of no-shows on the day and to offset the catering costs.

A limited number of free tickets have been reserved for unwaged delegates, family members of individuals who use drugs, peers and people with lived experience. Those interested in reserving a free place should email admin@drns.ac.uk – please make sure you let us know about access and dietary requirements too.

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The event is co-hosted by the Drugs Research Network Scotland (DRNS), the Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) and Dundee City Council.