Reducing ill-health, hospitalisation and death among people who use drugs

Thursday 5th March 2020. 1.00-3.30pm.
Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, 99 George St, Glasgow G1 1RD

Join us for a half-day seminar with Dan Lewer (Public Health Registrar and NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow at University College London).

Dan’s work seeks to understand the physical health of people who use heroin and/or crack cocaine and identify ways to improve access to the NHS. People who use drugs have raised risk of long-term conditions such as respiratory, cardiovascular and liver disease. However, there are few initiatives to try and improve diagnosis and treatment, and physical health problems cause a large amount of suffering and avoidable deaths.

At this event Dan will:

  • Share learning from his published work on physical health inequalities, hospital admissions, deaths and healthcare utilisation among people who use drugs.
  • Present his research into the unmet physical health needs of people who use heroin and crack cocaine and outline aspects of healthcare that need to be improved most urgently.
  • Discuss opportunities to address these inequalities by engaging drug and alcohol services to co-design models of care with those most at risk.

There will be time for delegates to share information and learning from similar projects underway in Scotland, and discuss implications for Scottish research, policy and practice.

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Dan Lewer, University College LondonDan specialises in researching social exclusion, epidemiology and health inequalities.  He has published widely on the health needs of people who use drugs, prisoners, people who sell sex and those who are homeless.  Below are details of three publications that may of interest to people attending his Glasgow seminar.  For more, please visit Dan’s profiles on University College London and ResearchGate.  His Twitter account is @DanLewer

Lewer, D., Tweed, E.J., Aldridge, R.W., Morley, K.L. 2019 Causes of hospital admission and mortality among 6683 people who use heroin: A cohort study comparing relative and absolute risks Drug and Alcohol Dependence 204; 1
doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.06.027 (Open access)

Lewer, D., et. al. 2019 Frequency of healthcare utilisation by adults who use illicit drugs: a systematic review and meta‐analysis Addiction 
doi.org/10.1111/add.14892

Lewer, D., et. al. 2020 Premature mortality attributable to socioeconomic inequality in England between 2003 and 2018: an observational study The Lancet Public Health 5;1
doi.org/10.1016/S2468-2667(19)30219-1