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Committee hears about social care schemes for problem drug users

18 June 2019

On Monday 17 June, the Scottish Affairs Committee visits the Scottish Drugs Forum in Glasgow to hear about how social care schemes can lift people out of problem drug use. On Tuesday 18 June the Committee takes evidence on the importance of healthcare, security and welfare for those affected by problem drug use.

Support through training and employment

In a private engagement event at the Scottish Drugs Forum in Glasgow, the Committee will firstly meet with a group of SDF Peer Researchers, who will discuss their experiences of problem drug use in their communities. The Committee will then meet with several of SDF's Addiction Worker Trainees – former drug users who are upskilling for employment in the social care sector. The Committee will discuss how the kind of training and paid employment facilitated by SDF can support problem drug users through recovery.

Finally, the Committee will hold discussions with a group of current problem drug users, many of whom are either homeless or living in temporary accommodation. Mental health, street violence, policing and experiences of drug treatment services will be key topics for discussion.

Availability of social and healthcare support

Back in Westminster on Tuesday, the Committee will take evidence from organisations who provide services and support to people suffering from problematic drug use, and then representatives from NHS Health Scotland, and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. In this session the Committee will consider what social and healthcare support is available for problem drug users, and the extent to which Scotland can take a different approach to the rest of the UK in the support it provides.


Tuesday 18 June 2019, Committee Room 6

At 10.15am - Sector groups and service delivery providers:

  • Dr John Budd, Edinburgh Access Practice
  • Norma Howarth, Signpost Recovery
  • Patricia Tracey, Service Manager, Turning Point Scotland
  • Iain Clunie, SMART Recovery

At 11.15am - NHS:

  • Elinor Dickie, Public Health Intelligence Adviser, NHS Health Scotland
  • Dr Saket Priyadarshi, Medical Director for Addictions, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

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