Western Europe remains at the forefront of evidence-based harm reduction and treatment interventions. The majority of the countries in the region have adopted a health-based strategy towards drug use (including decriminalisation of possession for personal use), and are moving towards more proportionate sentences for drug offences.
The Scottish Government supports trialling drug consumption rooms as part of an approach to substance use based on public health objectives. But the UK Government based in Westminster has repeatedly blocked the move.
The objective of the event is to contribute to better Hepatitis C policy and practice by developing the transferability of an effective community-based intervention for people who inject drugs in different political contexts.
Housing First provides evidence to help services, funders, and the Government better understand how support, including for drug-related challenges, is delivered and experienced within Housing First, highlighting implications for resourcing and delivery.
In 2018, there were 1187 drug-related deaths registered in the country - a 27% rise on 2017. A task-force is being set up to examine the main causes of drug deaths and promote action to improve health outcomes for people who use drugs.