Perceptions and attitudes of strategic decision-makers and affected families across Scotland towards Drug Consumption Rooms to prevent drug-related deaths study – recruiting family member interview participants!

We are conducting a study to explore perceptions and attitudes towards Drug Consumption Rooms (DCRs). This is being led by the University of Stirling and involves partnerships between the University of Stirling, Figure 8 Consultancy, Transform Drug Policy Foundation, Glasgow Caledonian University and Liverpool John Moores University. The study has received ethical approval from the University of Stirling and it is funded by the Scottish Government/Drug Deaths Taskforce.

Drug Consumption Rooms (DCRs), also referred to as ‘safe injection sites’, are easy-to-access healthcare settings where people can consume drugs under the supervision of medical professionals alongside being provided with clean injecting equipment. They can also be supported to access other services.

The views of two key groups are currently under-explored in Scotland: decision-makers from different work sectors; and affected family members of people who might actually use DCRs. It is very important that we understand how family members perceive DCRs to make sure that they would be as effective as possible if they were implemented, and people would find them acceptable.

Are you a family member of someone who uses drugs? Do you live in Scotland? Would you like to share your views on DCRs with us?

We would like to interview family members by phone/Microsoft Teams/Skype. We define family broadly, to include any family member impacted by the drug use of a loved one. The interview with a researcher will take approximately 45-60 minutes and would take place at a time that suited you. To thank you for your time, you’ll receive a £10 shopping voucher.

Interested or would like to find out more? Please contact the research team using the details below. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Dr Rebecca Foster (Researcher) Rebecca.Foster@stir.ac.uk

 

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