Reducing Preventable Deaths Among People Who Use Drugs: report and recommendations

My Fellowship findings and recommendations have now been uploaded to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust website.

This feels like quite an achievement since it was way back in September 2014 when I submitted my application, with my travels eventually taking place in October 2015 following months of preparation.

The whole experience has been incredible to date and I would recommend it to anyone. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way.

I am pleased to share with you the results of my Fellowship, which includes the following recommendations for Scotland (and the rest of the UK).



Wherever there are significant numbers of people injecting in public, there is a clear need for supervised injecting facilities.


Take-Home Naloxone should be available free of charge, and promoted widely, to those most likely to witness an overdose.


Low threshold services should be widely available across the country.


These recommendations are accompanied by specific actions which are detailed in my report that can be accessed here.

Of course, this is not the end! Since returning from my travels I have been presenting to and meeting with key stakeholders in Scotland to highlight the clear benefits and evidence base for the proposed actions. I look forward to the next phase…

Thank you for your interest and please do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any comments or questions on any aspect of this Fellowship.

Kirsten x




One thought on “Reducing Preventable Deaths Among People Who Use Drugs: report and recommendations

  1. The gap between the policy makers and dedicated researchers/practitioners and the research findings is no where so wide as it is in relation to people who use substances . But neither are the influences of police, media and political posturing so closely tied in with those people, who should be benefiting from good public health policy based on excellent research findings.
    Also worth bearing in mind is that It took 50 years for the British establishment to invest it getting ascorbic acid onto the Naval ships to prevent scurvy from when it was first established that it was linked to Vit C deficiency and the scurvy. Our “overlords” do not have our best interest at heart. Thanks for publishing this and hopefully their will be a move towards a public health service that the public deserve.


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