Drugs and Bugs – An Introduction to Bacterial Infection and Drug Use

A brief introduction to bacterial infection and drug use.

The training will give a brief overview of bacterial infection and various outbreaks. It gives participants the opportunity to explore harm reduction information relevant to bacterial infection. The training will provide an overview of the main signs and symptoms which practitioners should be aware of and will encourage participants to think about and develop a response relevant to their services.

Knowledge of drugs and experience of working with people who use drugs is an advantage but not essential for this training.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • demonstrate increased knowledge in the area of bacterial infection
  • demonstrate increased confidence to deliver harm reduction information to people who use drugs
  • recognise symptoms of infection and respond effectively
  • contribute to the development of an effective response to potential outbreaks which can be implemented in their service.

Aimed At

Drug workers, housing/homelessness workers, social workers, GPs, nurses, teachers, mental health workers, pharmacy staff, prison staff – all individuals who come into contact with people who use drugs.


Free within Scotland and bespoke costs for elsewhere.


Half day