Dr Aileen O’Gorman senior lecturer on the postgraduate Contemporary Drug and Alcohol Studies programme recently chaired a national half-day seminar on Drug-related Deaths Among Women in Scotland.T he seminar was hosted by the Drugs Research Network Scotland at the University of Stirling and attended by over 50 participants from other Universities, Scottish Government, NHS, the third sector, and people with living/lived experience of drug use.
Commenting on the seminar, Dr O’Gorman said:
“Drug-related deaths (DRD) in Scotland have increased significantly in recent years and are now the highest in Europe. Although men still account for the majority of cases, over the last 10 years the percentage increase in deaths has been much greater among women than among men. Further Seminar presentations by Dr Emily Tweed (NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the University of Glasgow); Lee Barnsdale (NHS Scotland Information Services Division); and Maggie Page (Social Research Unit, Scottish Government), demonstrated the difficult challenges faced by women who use drugs in Scotland which places them at a high risk of drug-related death. The findings of this seminar feed into the consultation process for the new Scottish Drugs Strategy which is currently underway.”