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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Previous Webinars

Stakeholder Engagement Event on responding to Benzodiazepine Dependence in Scotland within MAT

Friday 25th June 2021 / 13.00 – 14.30

In the context of increasing benzodiazepine-related mortality, the lack of robust clinical guidance, and emerging but inequitably distributed clinical experience, there is a need to develop a Scottish response to address the harms associated with benzodiazepine use.

The new Scottish Government’s Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Standards aim to drive access, choice and evidence-based support in drug treatment and care.  There is a pressing need to adopt this approach in relation to benzodiazepines.  This webinar introduced actions from the Drug Deaths Taskforce’s Benzodiazepine Working Group to develop a national treatment guideline and reach consensus on person-centred approaches to the management of benzodiazepine use and related harms.

Click here to view a recording of the webinar.


Developing Heroin Assisted Treatment in Scotland – learning from current practice 

Tuesday 22nd June 2021 / 16:00 – 17:30 

The Scottish Government has made its intentions clear regarding the provision of Heroin Assisted Treatment across Scotland. This will add another important intervention in our response to the on-going public health emergency which is Scotland’s drug related deaths crisis.

There is strong evidence internationally across decades that Heroin Assisted Treatment can impact positively on reducing harms and drug related deaths and this webinar aimed to stimulant further developments in Scotland.

This webinar heard from existing providers of Heroin Assisted Treatment in Canada and the UK and provided guidance on the steps required to deliver further programmes in Scotland.

To view the recording of the webinar, click here.


Update Event: National Implementation of the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Standards for Scotland

Friday 11th June 2021 / 13.00 – 14.30

The Scottish Government has announced that national implementation of Scotland’s new Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Standards will be fully embedded by 2022. This event described progress on the implementation of the MAT Standards so far and the next steps. There was also presentations on how local service planners and services are ensuring Standard-compliant provision with respect to Standards 1 – 5, in a mix of rural and urban settings across Scotland.

To view the recording of the webinar, click here.


Webinars in 2020

SDF have hosted over 25 webinars on a variety of topics and themes such as Sexual Health and Blood-Borne Viruses, benzodiazepines, harm reduction, and service provision. All SDF Webinars are recorded and posted on the SDF YouTube Channel after the event.

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.