COVID-19 – Benzodiazepine use and prescribing during the pandemic

As part of its response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Scottish Drugs Forum is hosting a series of free webinars.

The SDF webinars will address crucial aspects of the support of people with drug problems and the delivery of effective services that provide treatment and support, reduce harm and protect people from COVID-19.

The third SDF COVID-19 webinar will be held on Friday the 1st of May 1pm-2pm and will focus on benzodiazepine use and prescribing during the pandemic.

High rates of ‘street’ benzodiazepines has been a feature of problem drug use in Scotland for decades.

The issue of whether and how to prescribe benzodiazepines has been long discussed but the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown these issues into stark relief.

How do we reduce harms from street drugs and protect people from the pandemic?

In this webinar three experts describe the issues and how they might be addressed.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Digby Thomas GP, GPSI, Midlothian Substance Misuse Service and Edinburgh Access Practice
  • Dr Prun Bijral, Executive Medical Director, Change Grow Live
  • Dr Garrett McGovern, Medical Director, Priority Medical Clinic, Ireland

Pre-registration is required and numbers are limited so please register early.

Please click here to register

We will be using GoToWebinar, so please check your have the capability to access the tool once registered.

You will receive invitations to future webinars.

If you have any comment or ideas for future webinars please get in touch.

The first SDF COVID-19 webinar focused on the delivery of opioid substitution treatment (OST) with a particular focus on contingency planning for pharmacy service reductions and a video of this webinar can be found here.

The second SDF COVID-19 webinar focused on the particular challenges faced by people affected by homelessness and substance use, and of the services working with them and a video of this webinar can be found here.