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Scottish Drugs Forum. (2019) Staying alive in Scotland: strategies to prevent drug deaths. Glasgow: Scottish Drugs Forum. 136 p.

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In this document there is a focus on identifying underlying physical and mental health conditions and supporting people to access treatment with low threshold prescribing and quick access to optimal prescribing. There is an emphasis on providing a range of options to allow individuals to work in partnership with the services that are supporting them. Referral pathways and information sharing, which allow individuals who need further investigations or support to specialists, are an important part of increasing the physical resilience of people who use drugs.


The toolkit is split into fourteen chapters each covering a different area of service. Underpinning these is an awareness of, and commitment to, reducing the stigma experienced by people who use drugs. These chapters are designed utilised independently of each other in order to support the particular aims of the service at that time. When used together, they formulate the basis of a drug death prevention plan. Workforce considerations are integrated within each chapter as a suggestion of how the good practice indicators may be achieved.


The electronic version of the toolkit utilises a traffic light system which allows staff to see at a glance where they have achieved the Good Practice Indicators in any given chapter and the likely timescale, if not yet achieved. There is also the facility to designate “the responsible individual” and attach any supporting policies and procedures, allowing the toolkit to become a larger “one stop” resource which would hold all the tools relating to drug-related deaths in one, easily accessible place. Each Good Practice Indicator is SMART (Specific, Measured, Achievable, Realistic and Timely).

Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general, CNS stimulants, Opioid
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:Scottish Drugs Forum
Date:November 2019
Pages:136 p.
Publisher:Scottish Drugs Forum
Corporate Creators:Scottish Drugs Forum
Place of Publication:Glasgow
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Subjects:B Substances > Opioids (opiates) > Opioid product > Naloxone
G Health and disease > State of health > Physical health
G Health and disease > State of health > Mental health
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Drug use > Drug intoxication > Poisoning (overdose)
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention > Substance use harm reduction
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Provider / worker / staff attitude toward treatment
L Social psychology and related concepts > Interpersonal interaction and group dynamics > Social support
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Social condition > Homelessness
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Harm reduction policy
P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Population dynamics > Substance related mortality / death
T Demographic characteristics > Person who injects drugs (Intravenous / injecting)
T Demographic characteristics > Homeless person
T Demographic characteristics > Prison Inmate (prisoner)
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom > Scotland

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