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

Join Scottish Drugs Forum, Hepatitis Scotland, Public Health Scotland and NHS Scotland for the launch of a consultation on the newly updated Scottish Injecting Equipment Provision (IEP) Guidelines for services providing people who use drugs with harm reduction equipment.

It has been recognised that since the launch of the original guidelines in 2010, there has been much change in the way drugs of many types are used and in the evidence behind why we deliver a variety of interventions.

It is hoped the new guidelines will help deliver enhanced provision of IEP that has a large impact on mortality and morbidity among people who use drugs.

A consultation for the revised guidelines for the wider drugs field, including people who currently inject drugs, those who work with them and those in strategic roles, will be launched through a themed webinar on the 5th February.

Please book here and you will be sent the consultation document to review prior to the launch.

This webinar will be chaired by Jim Shanley, co-chair of the expert IEP guidance development group, NHS Lothian, and it will include presentations related to delivering injecting equipment and related paraphernalia.

Presentations include:

Dr Magdalena Harris, Associate Professor, London School of Tropical Medicine
– The ancillary benefits of IEP and the provision of sterile inhalant pipes

Dr Andy McAuley, Public Health Scotland and Glasgow Caledonian University, Co-chair Scottish SHBBV Prevention Leads
– Epidemiology and the impact of IEP

John Campbell, Co-chair of the expert IEP guidance group, NHS GGC
– Current trends in injecting and injury, on the ground evidence for change

In the following week, there will be the opportunity to attend online workshops for those who wish to discuss and input to the consultation document or process.

These will be held on Wednesday 10th Feb at 12.30-14.00 and Thursday 11th of Feb at 12.30-14.00 and at 17.00-18.30 – Click here to sign up to one of the consultation workshops

Click here to sign up to the IEP Guidelines launch webinar


Previous Webinars

SDF webinars are recorded and posted on the SDF YouTube Channel after the event. See below for links to individual webinar recordings.

SDF and the Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce webinars on the use of illicit benzodiazepines – Oct 2020

The first webinar in a series of two, Benzos – What’s Happening? examined the evidence from drug testing and drug-related deaths and possible responses including drug checking and education.

The second webinar, Benzos – What can be done? launched the findings of a survey of clinicians and explored current prescribing of benzodiazepines alongside opioid substitution therapy and its role for reducing harm and fatal overdose.

SDF International Overdose Awareness Day Webinars – Aug 2020

SDF hosted two special webinars with international speakers to mark International Overdose Awareness Day 2020. The first webinar, Changing Drug Policy focused on networks of people who use drugs with speakers from Ukraine, Netherlands and Norway.

The second webinar, Dual Public Health Emergencies of Drug-related Deaths and COVID-19 also had an international focus, with speakers from Canada and Australia.

Sexual Health and Blood-Borne Viruses

SDF have hosted several webinars centered around sexual health and blood-borne viruses, you can watch these webinars by clicking on the relevant title

COVID-19 Webinars

As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SDF  has hosted 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.

You can view previous SDF COVID-19 webinars on the SDF Youtube Channel, or you can click on one of the topics below.