Scottish Drugs Forum, with the Scottish Drugs Death Task Force, presents two webinar events on the use of illicit benzodiazepines; the link with fatal drug overdoses and means to address the challenge of benzodiazepine use in Scotland.
These webinars will bring together insights from:
• people using street benzos
• people working in services addressing the harmful effects of benzo use
• treatment experts who are innovating practice in response to this issue
• researchers and statisticians
The webinars will give a detailed picture of the current situation:
• changes in the street benzodiazepine supply
• the harms associated with their use
• the link with drug related deaths
• possible non-treatment responses
• treatment innovation in Scotland
‘Benzos – What can be done?’ is the second of the two webinars and will be held on Friday 9 October at 13:00-14:15.
Concern over benzodiazepine use has led to quiet, local innovation in Scotland. Prescribing of benzodiazepines is becoming more common and extensive enough for good practice and an evidence base to be further developed.
This webinar will launch the findings of a survey of clinicians and explore current prescribing of benzodiazepines alongside opioid substitution therapy and its role for reducing harm and fatal overdose.
Speakers confirmed so far include:
- Joe Schofield, Research Fellow, University of Stirling
- Dr Trina Ritchie, Glasgow Alcohol and Dug Recovery Services, NHS GGC
- Tracey Clusker, Drug Deaths Taskforce Clinical Lead on Medication-Assisted Treatment Standards
This webinar will involve presentations and the opportunity for questions and discussion.