SW Peninsular Drug Related Death Conference 2019

4 September 2019 Posted by

The ninth annual Drug Related Death Conference will take place on Friday 6th September 2019 at The China Fleet Club, Saltash. Once again kind donations from the Cornwall DAAT, Public Health Devon, Devon and Cornwall Police and sponsorship from companies associated with drug treatment/ harm reduction have allowed this conference to be provided free to delegates.

This is always a popular conference with guest speakers and agencies coming together to share best practice, learning from drug related deaths and preventative strategies. This year is no exception with an eclectic mix of plenaries being delivered;

  • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor drugs interaction with MDMA (Ecstasy) and other drug interactions
  • Lung health, spirometry, smoking cessation
  • Help for Homeless Lead GP to cover his work and alternative approaches to treatment
  • Public Health Devon- web based portal for drugs identification
  • Police- partnership agency information sharing form & inter agency working
  • Psychologically informed environments and trauma led approaches for those in supported housing
  • Invasive Group A Streptococcus infection and preventative measures
  • Drug and alcohol workers- a perspective from the frontline focussing on when a service user dies and the impact upon the worker etc.
  • Tubercuosis screening within the homeless community and a successful Public Health pilot

The subjects are chosen in part having reviewed the drug related deaths leading up to the conference where learning and identification of preventative measures are used as a framework for conference.

This year has seen the number of places available for the conference far outnumbered by the demand so this will be the biggest conference in the 9 years of it being held.

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