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Spectrum share harm reduction training and advice on best practice with colleagues from Alabama

Friday 17th February, 2017

The Spectrum Drug and Alcohol team hosted a delegation from the Alabama substance misuse field for three days from the 13th to 15th February. The delegates joined the team to discuss strategies for harm reduction and to get a look at the day-to-day running of the Hertfordshire services, as well as the work going on to treat Service Users in Hospital Accident and Emergency settings. This is in response to the growing opioid epidemic in the United States.

Since early last year, Spectrum have been working on the rollout of Naloxone, the anti-opioid overdose drug, to all at-risk Service Users and their families as well as working on other prevention strategies to reduce the number of drug-related deaths in Hertfordshire. The Alabama group were invited to get a first-hand look at the progress of these projects and the techniques employed to implement them.

They also met a former Service User for an informal Q&A about their experiences of the treatment available in Hertfordshire. 

Dr Cayce Paddock, Psychiatrist specialising in addictions, said:

“This was the best educational experience I’ve had since my time studying.”

Dr James Galbraith, ER Physician, said:

“So impressed with the services and how gracious Spectrum have been to us. I sincerely hope the partnership here can grow in helping us to model what we’ve learnt here.”   

The current local focus is on engaging frequent hospital attenders, preventing suicide, providing quality aftercare and employing better use of rapid information-sharing with health and social care partners, particularly in mental health and other clinical settings.

Bernie Casey, Operations Director at CGL said:

“It was a pleasure to spend time in the company of such dedicated professionals committed to our shared ambition of reducing significant drug harms in local communities.

CGL look forward to developing this relationship in the future.”

Are you a professional looking to learn more about harm reduction and treatment within the substance misuse field? Contact us to discuss training opportunities and advice we may be able to provide.

Email: herts@cgl.org.uk                                       

Single point of contact: 0800 652 3169  

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