march, 2019

26mar9:30 am3:30 pmAddressing Alcohol and Drugs-Related Harm in Scotland


Event Details

Scotland’s relationship with alcohol and drugs remains problematic

The Scottish Government have recently released Rights, Respect and Recovery, Scotland’s new alcohol and drugs strategy, bringing drugs and alcohol services under one strategy for the first time in a decade.

Last year the draft strategy All Together Now’ outlined the vision to create a Scotland where people do not develop problematic alcohol and drug use; instead they are supported and respected through harm reduction and support services – but how do we create services which address both whilst still maintaining separate support for service-users where necessary?

Achieving the outcomes of the strategy will be a challenge but it is possible that by working with those with lived experience, delivery partners, service providers, decision-makers, funders, representative groups and the research community to create truly integrated services.

Join Holyrood on 26 March as we analyse the outcomes of the strategy, understand how to bring services together and look at examples of good practice with our expert speakers.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • An in-depth look at the outcomes of the Scottish Government’s strategy, and the new alcohol and drugs frameworks
  • How to re-design services and how this will work in practice – making decisions on service provision and how to strike the balance between services
  • Including the voice of those with lived experience in service design
  • Priorities for health and social care services in Scotland and the latest evidence base for risk and harm reduction focused services

Confirmed speakers

  • Dr Eric Carlin, Director, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP)

Further information and booking details can be accessed via the link –


(Tuesday) 9:30 am - 3:30 pm


Central Edinburgh - Venue TBC