Drug Related Deaths event 2019

Drug Related Deaths event 2019

Drug Related Deaths event 2019

Public Health Institute

Our Cheshire & Merseyside Drug Related Deaths area-wide event took place at the Quaker Meeting House Liverpool on Thursday 24th October 2019.

This event which was co-hosted by the Public Health Institute and Public Health England included a look at 2018's DRD figures for reporting areas, and presentations of work around DRD prevention from other parts of the country.


Speakers & presentations


Prof Vivian Hope, Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University

Overview of data from Cheshire & Merseyside

Mark Whitfield, Intelligence and Surveillance Manager, Public Health Institute

  Download Mark's Presentation

An overview of work around DRD in Blackpool

An overview of work taking place on DRDs and 'near misses' in Blackpool
Jonathan Clegg, Detective Chief Inspector, Lancashire Constabulary
Emily Jane Davis, Public Health Coordinator, Blackpool Council

  Download Jonathan and Emily's Presentation

Sharing the evidence on DRD in Derbyshire over an 8 year period

Martin Smith, Recovery Lead for Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

  Download Martin's Presentation

Drug related deaths in the North East

Emerging trends in Teesside and the North East, and the current work to prevent drug related deaths
Tom Le Ruez, Preventing Drug Related Deaths Co-ordinator, Public Health South Tees

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COPD in inhaled heroin users

Becky Nightingale, PhD student Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Public Health England - PHE audit tool

Susan Barton-Johal, Public Health England

  Download Susan's Presentation

Discussion breakout groups

  • Continued use of illicit drugs
  • Take home naloxone
  • Response to non-fatal overdose
  • DRD review processes

Featured video

Drug-related deaths in England and Wales, ITV News

Drug-related deaths in England and Wales are the highest they have been since records began more than a quarter of a century ago, official figures show.

There were 4,359 deaths from drug poisoning recorded in England and Wales in 2018 – the highest number since records began in 1993, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Pictures from this event

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