Scottish Drugs Forum’s work includes the management of relatively short-term projects, such as commissioned research and activity with external organisations. A number of our on-going work strands are highlighted below.
#Stop The Deaths
The #StopTheDeaths initiative was launched by Scottish Drugs Forum on International Overdose Awareness Day 2018 in response to record levels of overdose deaths in Scotland.
The initiative aims to use social media to raise awareness among the public, media and addictions field as a whole that these deaths are preventable.
Older Drug Users
SDF have carried out pioneering research on older drug users in Scotland, looking at the specific difficulties that are particularly faced by this population.
Current work includes a review and expansion of the initial study carried out by SDF, which has been commissioned by the Scottish Government.
Two reports from this work, including ‘Older People with Drug Problems in Scotland: Addressing the Needs of an Ageing Population‘ and ‘Older People with Drug Problems in Scotland: A Mixed Methods Study Exploring Health and Social Support Needs‘ were published in June 2017.
New Psychoactive Substances
With the ever increasing numbers of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) available globally, SDF and Glasgow University were commissioned by the Scottish Government to analyse the prevalence and effects of the current NPS available on the open market in Scotland.
The findings were published in the report ‘Understanding the Patterns of Use, Motives and Harms of New Psychoactive Substances in Scotland’ in November 2016.
Drink Wise, Age Well
Drink Wise Age Well provides information on alcohol and getting older to allow people over the age of 50 to make informed choices about their alcohol use. They provide information on alcohol unit guidelines, tips for cutting down and where and how to get help if needed.
Drink Wise Age Well also supports health and social care providers and community organisations to recognise and respond to risky drinking in people aged over 50.
More information can be found on the Drink Wise, Age Well website www.drinkwiseagewell.org.uk