“The UK Drug Situation: A case for enhanced harm reduction”
Find a pdf version of the presentation slides at: http://www.uvic.ca/research/centres/cisur/assets/docs/Rob-Barker_lecture-slides_June2017.pdf
:: About the Presentation
In the UK, drug related deaths are the highest on record; MDMA
purity is at one of its highest levels; and the UK occupies one of
the top spots in Europe for New Psychoactive Substance (NPS)
use. This presentation will go through the good, the bad and
the shameful drug policies in the UK, including the Welsh Take
Home Naloxone programme, drug testing and the repeated
claim by the UK government that current policies are working.
The presentation will also explain current drug treatment
frameworks, the future of harm reduction in Wales and the
current situation, with the establishment of the first Medically
Supervised Injecting Centre in the UK.
:: About the Speaker
Rob Barker-Williams is a service manager for Drugaid Cymru, the largest substance misuse treatment service in Wales. Rob is currently undertaking a Winston Churchill Fellowship, a trust that funds UK citizens to investigate and report on innovative practices
in other countries. He currently sits on the Welsh Medically
Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) steering group and is looking
at establishing the first such facility in Wales. Rob is travelling
throughout Canada, as well as visiting Seattle, before heading
back to Europe in his pursuit of gaining insight into supervised
Rob holds an MSc in Addictive Behaviours from the University of
Liverpool. He has a keen interest in drug policy reform, including
cannabis regulation, as well as new psychoactive substances.
Rob has led multiple national campaigns throughout Wales and
runs masterclasses on NPS.
Co-presented by the Centre for Addictions Research of BC at the University of Victoria, Canada, and Island Health.
This lecture was recorded June 20th, 2017 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC, Canada.