Innovative Approaches to Reduce Drug Deaths and Harms
Scottish Drugs Forum and Hepatitis Scotland recently hosted a conference to mark International Overdose Awareness Day on the 31st of August - a day to remember those who have been affected by drug overdose.

The event, ‘Innovative approaches to reduce drug deaths and harms’, was also an opportunity to bring together expertise from around the globe to discuss harm reduction approaches that are currently being implemented; such as Heroin-Assisted Treatment (HAT) and Supervised Injection Facilities (SIFs).

Speakers included:

- Kirsten Horsburgh, National Naloxone Coordinator at Scottish Drugs Forum presented on her Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to Australia, where she met with harm reduction advocates and worked in Sydney's Medically Supervised Injecting Centre.

- Dr Marianne Jauncey, Medical Director of Sydney's Medically Supervised Injection Centre, Australia; who discussed the facility she works in, and how this could possibly be implemented in Glasgow.

- Dr Thilo Beck, Lead Psychiatrist at Arud Centres for Addiction Medicine, Switzerland; who discussed the programme of Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT) that he operates in Zurich.

- Professor Sir John Strang of Kings College London who discussed his reflections from the Randomised Injectable Opiate Treatment Trial (RIOTT).

- Marcus Keane of the Ana Liffey Drug Project, Dublin; who discussed the current progress towards the implementation of a Supervised Injection Facility in Ireland.

- Saket Priyardarshi, Associate Medical Director of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Mark Rodgers who discussed the health needs of people who inject drugs in public places in Glasgow city centre.
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