Please note that this page is for the Drug Related Deaths Annual Conference taking place on Thursday 2nd December 2021. For details about the IMS user group event taking place in October please see the IMS event page

Drug Related Deaths Conference 2021

Drug Related Deaths Conference 2021

DRD Conference 2021

The IMS Drug Related Deaths annual conference 2021 will take place online as a Microsoft Teams Webinar on the morning of Thursday 2nd December (9:30 - 13:00).

While part of the conference’s focus will be on Cheshire and Merseyside data from 2020, the system is now being rolled out to the 10 Greater Manchester local authorities and so will be looking at some of the broader issues we are facing as a region.

We will be joined at the conference by a number of speakers including activist and campaigner Peter Krykant who will be talking about the work in Glasgow with his pioneering drug consumption van alongside his new role with the charity Cranstoun, and hearing from Anyone’s Child, the campaign by Transform Drug Policy Foundation to “end the war on drugs, better protect our children, and get drugs under control.”

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Speakers & presentations

Mark Whitfield, Intelligence and Surveillance Manager, Public Health Institute

Mark will talk about the IMS Drug Related Deaths review model and present the 2020 data for Cheshire & Merseyside, and the wider region.


Peter Krykant

Activist and campaigner Peter Krykant will be talking about the work in Glasgow with his pioneering drug consumption van alongside his new role with the charity Cranstoun.


Further details to follow

This page will be updated with details of additional speakers soon.


Anyone’s Child

Anyone’s Child, is the campaign by Transform Drug Policy Foundation to “end the war on drugs, better protect our children, and get drugs under control


Pat

Pat from Anyone’s Child, the organisation set up by families advocating for safer drug control will be talking about her son’s drug related death and “the need to see drug dependence as a medical issue rather than a moral failing.”


Featured Video

Scotland's drug deaths crisis: saving lives with an 'illegal' injection van

Peter Krykant, who operates a van in Glasgow where people can safely take illegal drugs, is running for Holyrood as part of a campaign calling for the Scottish government to establish legal sites. A former heroin addict, he is pushing for drug reform in Scotland, which has a reported drug deaths rate 15 times higher than the European average. "People are dying out there,' says Krykant, who is able to treat addicts who overdose in his van. Could interventions such as his change Scotland's status as Europe's drug deaths capital?

Previous themes and discussion topics have included:

COVID-19

How has this changed the offer from services and what will we keep going forward?


Mental Health

What are the barriers to people who use drugs (PWUD) receiving quality mental health care?


Homelessness

How can we keep the homeless population safe from overdose?


Prescribing

What can we be done about increased deaths from controlled medications?


End of Life care / Bereavement

Are PWUD receiving a consistent level of care and what support is there for those left behind?


Legal status

What can be done at a local level to make a difference?


Prisons

How can we protect people who use drugs from overdose on their release from prison?


Naloxone

How can we ensure it is freely available to those who need it?


Twitter


Many of our speakers are active on Twitter, their handles are included in the agenda listing above.

If you want to tweet about this event please remember to include the tag #DRDevent

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