Further to Current note 51/0502 (at http://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/ewr/redirect.aspx?id=72067), work is ongoing to establish a safer drug consumption facility (SDCF) and heroin assisted treatment (HAT) in the south east of Glasgow city centre.
Proposals for an SDCF, alongside a separate HAT service, are a result of a public health outbreak which has seen a steep rise in the number of HIV cases among people who inject drugs.
A report going to the Glasgow City Integration Joint Board (IJB) on Wednesday 21 June will update members on a potential site for the co-located facility as well as estimated costs. Available and suitable sites in the south east of the city centre are being pursued in the event that permission is granted for the two services to operate. Once a suitable site is identified engagement will be carried out with the local community.
The SDCF and HAT are intended to aid service user access to preventative and supportive health care and advice as well as social care and peer support. Advice and referral to specialist treatment options would be accessed in the after-care area for both services.
Last year, the draft business case identified that the 78 new HIV cases diagnosed in Glasgow since 2015 among people who inject drugs could potentially create lifetime costs to the health service of £29.64 million. This group has now grown to 90, with 12 new infections already recorded to date this year. In addition, drug deaths in Glasgow remain high with 157 occurring in the city in 2015. Heroin and/or morphine was the cause or contributing factor in 73 of these deaths. [Source: NHSGGC News Release, 9 June 2017. http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/news/2017/06/proposed-sdcf-a...]