Students and Staff invited to Lecture on How Scotland Became the Most Dangerous Place in the UK to be a Drug User, and Dealer


For  all students and staff:

You are cordially invited to a lecture being delivered by Dr Iain McPhee. This session is primarily being delivered to a visiting group of staff and students from Metropolitan State University of Denver, USA.

Colleagues and students can come along and not only enjoy the lecture but also have the opportunity to engage in transatlantic networking with this group of students who are studying degrees in the areas of mental health and addictions. The lecture titled
From methadone to crystal meth: how Scotland became the most dangerous place in the UK to be a drug user, and a drug dealer.

Will be delivered by Dr Iain McPhee from the School of Media, Culture and Society.
Friday 16th March 2018, 11.00-13.00, Room GT30, Ayr Campus.
Dr McPhee will begin his talk on Scotland drugs problem by delivering the following content in his presentation:

  • a brief historical overview of how habitual drunkenness became labelled an illness
    the emergence of the bureaucratic state to control deviance: law enforcement, social work and public health medicine
  • drug and alcohol treatment: an overview of substitute and replacement therapies (methadone, buprenorphine, Antabuse, and benzodiazepines)
  • an overview of Scotland’s drug problem: patterns prevalence, drug related deaths and blood borne viruses
  • Scotland’s policy on reducing demand and supply of controlled drugs and other substances: from 1961 UN Conventions’ to the Scottish governments latest drugs strategy of 2018 ‘Seek, Keep and Treat’
  • The future of drug treatment and policy

The presentation will be a mix of audio and visual content will be interactive, lively, challenging and thought provoking.

Dr McPhee has 27 years’ experience working in the field of drug addiction, working in various treatment and therapeutic agencies with drug injectors, in some of the most deprived areas in Scotland. There will time for discussion and networking at the end of the session.
Please let Jane Caffrey know if you are able to attend by Monday 12th March at the latest: