DRNS Newsletter August 2018

Mon 10th September, 1.00-4pm, at the University of Stirling

Drug-related deaths (DRD) have increased significantly in Scotland in recent years.  Although men still account for the majority of cases, over the last 10 years the percentage increase in deaths has been much greater among women.

This seminar will provide delegates with an understanding of how DRD is patterned among Scottish women and the likely causative factors, explore required responses, and contribute to the development of a responsive Scottish research agenda.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mr Lee Barnsdale (NHS Scotland Information Services Division) will present a gendered analysis of Scottish DRD data from recent years.
  • Dr Emily Tweed (University of Glasgow), will explore findings reported in the recent Scottish Government publication "Why are DRD among women increasing in Scotland?".  (Tweed, E., Miller, R., Matheson, C., 2018).
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Developing Primary Prevention Research in Scotland

The DRNS is holding a half-day meeting to develop a Scottish drugs prevention agenda and identify a number of research projects for development. The meeting will be led by Professor Betsy Thom, Dr Liz Aston, and Dr Lauren Johnston. 

There are a small number of places available at this event, and we are prioritising applications from current and emerging drugs researchers who have an interest in primary prevention and the capacity to contribute to evaluations, scoping research projects and literature reviews.

Monday 20th August, 1:00-3:30pm
University of Stirling
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'Addiction and the Family International Network' conference.  Newcastle, 9th - 11th November, 2018.

AFINet are holding their first international conference in Newcastle from 9th - 11th November.  This event directly follows the Society for the Study of Addiction's annual conference in the city.  It provides an opportunity for delegates to hear about research and meet colleagues involved in family-oriented addiction work across the globe.

Students can apply for bursaries to support their attendance at this event, including travel, accommodation and registration costs.
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The EMCDDA are undergoing an external evaluation to assess their organisational performance between 2013 and 2018. They are currently seeking feedback from members of the scientific community and civil society groups.

Researchers, voluntary sector organisations and groups advocating for people who use drugs can contribute by completing the online survey at:


Research and Knowledge Exchange Showcase

The Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research at the University of Stirling was established in February 2017 to take forward Salvation Army (TSA) Drug and Alcohol Strategy (SDAS) through collaborative working between TSA and the Faculty of Social Sciences in the University of Stirling. You are invited to join with a wide range of colleagues across the sector to hear about the programmes of work being undertaken.

25th October, 11-3pm
Iris Murdoch Building, University of Stirling

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Improving outcomes for families affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Whittaker, Chandler, Cunningham-Burley, Midgley, Elliott & Cooper, (2018)

New drug-related research has been published in the International Journal of Drug Policy which analyses qualitative data collected in Scotland. Interviews were conducted with parents and focus group were conducted with health and social care professionals to further our understanding of bodies, risk, and recovery within the context of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. 
To improve outcomes for families affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome the researchers propose "a radical rethink in research, policies and practices around women who use drugs whereby existing logics of care themselves become the focus of inquiry (rather than the bodies of mothers and babies)". 
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DRNS Annual Conference: Meet the speakers

Confirmed speakers and presentations at the DRNS Annual Conference include:

Professor Alex Stevens
Research into policy: some examples of success

Professor Tracy Finch
Getting good ideas into practice: how is implementation science useful for service improvement?

Professor Betsy Thom 
Getting published: A how-to guide

Professor Harry Sumnall
Using nonā€“academic methods in knowledge exchange

To find out more about these four speakers and their planned presentations check out our 'Meet the Speakers' section of our conference programme.
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