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Dundee centre would tackle drug deaths and harm if given go ahead


Proposed centre would target users over 18

Scottish charity Hillcrest Futures has bid to create a drug checking service in Dundee aimed at reducing contamination of illegal drugs.

The proposal is in partnership with Dundee Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP), NHS Tayside, Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) and the Scottish Government.

The drug checking service targets people aged 18 and over who are dependent on one or more illicit drugs and are at risk of harm, including near-fatal overdose and drug-related deaths.

Ingrid Hainey, Hillcrest Futures business manager said: “This initiative represents a crucial step in our efforts to support people in reducing the risks associated with their substance use. By providing information about drug content and potency, we can empower people to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing and help to save lives.”

The service, integrated within Hillcrest Futures’ current harm reduction facility, would offer a range of support including peer support, welfare advice, foodbank referrals, Blood Borne Virus testing, and referral for drug treatment and mental health support.

Drugs and alcohol policy minister, Christina McKelvie, said: “I welcome the announcement that Dundee has also now submitted its licence application for a drug checking facility to the Home Office. This follows Aberdeen’s recent application and if these get the go-ahead, these centres will mean people can get substances tested while receiving tailored harm-reduction advice alongside the results.

“We are committed to delivering drug checking facilities which will enable services to respond faster to emerging trends. We continue to work with partners to implement these facilities across all our pilot cities.”

Councillor Ken Lynn, vice chair of Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership, added: “This is an important step in our ongoing work in Dundee to reduce risk and harm caused by substance use in the city.

“By creating opportunities for individuals to check the substances they have obtained, we are taking a forward approach which begins to raise awareness of the substances in our city and provides individuals with a level of knowledge not previously available to them.

"This is therefore an opportunity to also provide advice and information on ways to reduce harms related to use of drugs and signpost people to additional sources of support. 

“I look forward to working with communities, partners, the Scottish Government and Home Office as we take this proposal forward.” 

The proposed service aligns with the Scottish Government’s commitment to implementing drug checking facilities across pilot cities Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee, with the aim of reducing harm to individuals, families and communities.



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alan 59
about 1 month ago

Is there an Election on the Horizon ?