LJMU Drug Related Deaths Conference 2024

Drug Related Deaths Conference 2024

DRD Conference 2024

The LJMU Drug Related Deaths Conference 2024 will take place online on Thursday 25th April (09:00-17:00).

This full day online event is split into several sessions, with presentations and Q&A sessions. The session start times are shown below, so you can drop in and out of the day depending on what interests you, or stay online for the whole thing. Details including presentation topics and bio's are available for all of our conference speakers below. We also have several poster presentations which will be added to this page.

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  Conference Speakers

9:00Conference welcome and housekeeping

Mark Whitfield, Liverpool John Moores University

Welcome and opening comments

9:15Session 1:Learnings from Scotland,drug checking & toxicology in England

Professor Catriona Matheson, University of Stirling, & Independent Review Consultant in Substance Related Deaths

Reducing Drug Related Deaths: Learning from the Scottish Drug Death Taskforce

Professor Fiona Measham, Chair in Criminology, University of Liverpool

The long and winding round to city drug checking: Reflections on the history, development and rollout of drug checking services in the UK

Dr Caroline Copeland, Kings College London

Learnings from the National Programme on Substance Use Mortality (NPSUM)

10:50Session 2:Updates from around the UK

Jon Shorrock, Programme Manager OHID, Department of Health & Social Care England

National Update on Drug Related Deaths: Data and Responses

Dr Anne Campbell, Queen's University Belfast

A multi disciplinary approach to Drug Related Deaths in Northern Ireland

Professor Rick Lines, Public Health Wales

Drug Related Deaths in Wales: Current Data and Emerging Concerns

Posters Session:short quick fire poster presentations

12:30Lunch break

If you tweet / post about this event please include the tag #DRDevent

13:00Session 3:Stigma, loneliness, & harm reduction

Peter Furlong, National Harm Reduction Lead, Change Grow Live, &
Jon Findlay, National Harm Reduction Lead, Humankind

Changes in the global opium market and the rise New Synthetic Opioids

Professor Harry Sumnall, Liverpool John Moores University

The role of stigma in drug and alcohol related deaths

Liz McCoy, Drug & Alcohol Directorate Manager, Pennine Care NHS FT, &
Jackie McVan, Head of CGL services Greater Manchester

Loneliness, isolation and addiction

14:30Session 4:Approaches to overdose prevention

Kirsten Horsburgh, Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Drugs Forum

The progress towards Safer Drug Consumption Facilities in Scotland

Dr Rebecca Fish, Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University

Evaluation of Buvidal prescribing in Blackpool

Sam Cromie & Dr Tim Lewington, Inclusion, part of Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

“It’s not a f***ing watch is it?” – Evaluating the co-produced Brave Inclusion Overdose (BIO) Wristband

16:00Session 5:Clinical Pathways & GP learnings

Elizabeth Booth, Clinical Lead Liverpool, & Ariella Williams, National Director of Nursing, With You

Respiratory Disease in Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services: Clinical Pathway

Dr Judith Yates, Doctors for Drug Policy Reform (D4DPR)

As Britain loses its war on drugs, what will happen in 2024?

  Poster Presentations  (click posters to view)

Sarah Humphreys, With You, &
Derek Sharples, Mersey Care NHS FT

Liverpool DARD partnership working

Jess Hamilton, Newcastle City Council

Deaths of despair, Newcastle.

Lucy O'Hare & Maddie O'Hare, Harm Reduction International

HR25 conference

Andreia Ramos Silva, Liverpool John Moores University, PhD researcher

Researching opioid detoxification in chronic pain

  Microsoft Teams

This conference is a Microsoft Teams Webinar. Here are some of our Tips...

For the best experience use the Microsoft Teams Desktop App.

  • You will see speakers in addition to any presentation slides.

If you are using the ‘web browser’ version of Teams you will have a different experience.

  • You may only see the presentation slides.
  • You can still hear audio, and contribute in the chat.

Question & Answer sessions:

  • The webinar has a separate Q&A window use this to ask questions as they may get lost in the general chat window.

If you would like to contribute during the Q&A sessions, please raise your hand.

  • We can then allow you to unmute yourself.
  • If you are brought into discussion you can enable your mic and camera.

For all attendees:

  • Please use the chat for general discussion.
  • Use the reactions to respond to presentations and discussions.

Presentations online.

  • The presentations and a recording of this webinar will be available on this website shortly after the event.


Many of our speakers are active on Twitter/X.

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

  Previous themes and discussion topics have included:


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?


How can we keep the homeless population safe from overdose?


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?


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


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