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SDF Webinars

SDF hosts free webinars that cover a variety of themes which aim to support those delivering services to people who use drugs.

Pre-registration is required for the webinars and numbers are limited so be sure to register early.

The webinars are hosted on GoToWebinar, so please check your have the capability to access the tool once registered.

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Upcoming Webinars

Scottish Drugs Forum, with the Scottish Drugs Death Task Force, present 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 through exploring:

• 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

People seeking to attend both webinars should register for each individually using the below links.


SDF and The Drug Deaths Taskforce: Benzos – What’s happening?

Friday 2nd October 13:00-14:15

Scotland has always had a high rate of benzodiazepine use, often in combination with other drugs. Recent changes in the type and range of street benzos; local pill manufacture leading to increased supply and lower prices and an apparent link with the rise in overdose deaths, seem to have changed both the drug market and the scale of the harms related to use.

This webinar will examine the evidence from drug testing and drug-related deaths and possible responses including drug checking and education.

Speakers confirmed so far include:

  • Harriet Bloomfield, Researcher
  • Andrew McAuley, Senior Epidemiologist, NHS Public Health Scotland and Senior Research Fellow, Glasgow Caledonian University

This webinar will involve presentations and the opportunity for questions and discussion.

Click here to register for free

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


SDF and The Drug Deaths Taskforce: Benzos – What can be done?

Friday 9th October 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.

Click here to register for free


Previous Webinars

SDF webinars are recorded and posted on the SDF YouTube Channel after the event.

SDF International Overdose Awareness Day Webinars

SDF hosted two special webinars with international speakers to mark International Overdose Awareness Day 2020.

The first webinar was held on the 21st of August and focused on networks of people who use drugs with speakers from Ukraine, Netherlands and Norway, and can be viewed here

The second webinar also had an international focus, with speakers from Canada and Australia and can be viewed here

SDF COVID-19 Webinars

As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SDF  hosts a series of webinars that 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.

Click here to find out more about the SDF COVID-19 Webinars