Drug Deaths Taskforce announces successful research fund bids

31 July, 2020

Ten research projects, with a total value of almost £800,000 have been approved by the Taskforce review panel to proceed as part of the first allocation of the £1 million research fund established to inform the work of the taskforce and to ensure that the Scottish Government, the Taskforce and other partners have access to the best available evidence on how to further understand and act to reduce drug related harms.

This follows a call for research proposals being published on 19th April 2020 to fund projects, of 12- 18 months up to a maximum of £100,000 each.

The successful bids involve a range of pilot studies, analysis and primary research projects including Designing a Behaviour Change Intervention to Reduce the Risk of Overdose, Evaluating the impact of public health interventions in Scotland's Drug-Related Death situation, and Understanding the Role and Potential of Primary Care in the Prevention of Drug Related deaths.

A full list of the successful bids now being progressed is available here.

Professor Catriona Matheson, Chair of the Taskforce said “Scotland’s challenge is unique and multi-faceted.  In our early assessment of evidence to support our work, it was clear there are gaps.  This research fund will fill those gaps whilst we progress other actions where the evidence is already established. Gaining further insight what could contribute towards tackling Scotland’s challenge is vital. These research programmes will further enable the Taskforce in its mission to get evidence into action and save lives.”