Staying Alive: Preventing Drug Related Deaths

September 4, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm UTC Timezone
Carnegie Conference Centre
Halbeath Rd
Dunfermline KY11 8DY
Karen Stirling
01592 226488


There were 876 drug related deaths in Scotland in 2016. This course will discuss how services and individuals can better prevent drug related deaths. It will explore the reasons why drug related deaths occur, highlight recent research on protective factors including engaging in treatment and discuss how workers can support people to access and stay in treatment.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course participants will have:

  • Identified the physical, mental and social issues experienced by people who use drugs
  • The ability to describe the impact of multiple exclusions on service engagement
  • The ability to recall the risk factors and protective factors for preventing drug related deaths
  • Identified the barriers for people who use drugs to accessing and being retained in services
  • Identified the reasons why service users engage in high risk behaviours and explore strategies to address
  • The ability to recall strategies to engage and retain people in treatment
  • The skill to recognise when to refer on/collaborate with partner agencies
  • Identified techniques to promote staff resilience.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed primarily at frontline staff and members of frontline services, however, it is also relevant to services which support people who use substances, such as housing and homelessness services.


Scottish Drugs Forum


**Apply online here**