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SCOTTISH DRUGS FORUM SEMINAR 10 DECEMBER 2003. “Can Partnership Work Really Be Effective In Reducing Deaths”. Presented By: Stephen Heath Vice-Chair Ayrshire & Arran A.D.A.T. STRATHCLYDE POLICE FORCE AREA. 5348 Sq Miles 7296 Police Officers 2397 Support Staff

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SCOTTISH DRUGS FORUM SEMINAR

10 DECEMBER 2003

“Can Partnership Work Really Be Effective In Reducing Deaths”

Presented By:

Stephen Heath

Vice-Chair Ayrshire & Arran A.D.A.T.

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STRATHCLYDE POLICE FORCE AREA

  • 5348 Sq Miles
  • 7296 Police Officers
  • 2397 Support Staff
  • 2.5 Million People – ½ Population of Scotland
  • ¾ Criminals in Scotland
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DEFINITION

Where there is prima facie evidence of a fatal overdose of controlled drugs. Such evidence would be recent drug misuse, e.g. Controlled drugs / hypodermic syringe found in close proximity to the body and or person is known to the police as a drug misuser although not necessarily a notified addict.

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GRO DEFINITION

  • Accidental Poisoning
  • Intentional Poisoning
  • Assault by Drugs
  • Event of Undetermined Intent
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2002 THIS MEANT

  • 100 Of A Difference
  • 80 Involved Controlled Drugs
  • NEED A NATIONAL DEFINITION
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2002

  • What’s happening in December?
  • Ayrshire & Arran ADAT 28% of annual figure
  • Argyle & Clyde ADAT 27% of annual figure
  • Greater Glasgow DAT 20 % of annual figure
  • Lanarkshire ADAT 27 % of annual figure

TOTALLY DISPROPORTIONATE

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POLICE RESPONSE

  • Crime Scene management
  • Family Liaison
  • Post Mortem
  • Robust Investigation
  • Education
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OUTCOME

  • Increase inseizures
  • Increase in arrests
  • Prosecutions for supply
  • But
  • Price remains stable
  • Purity remains stable
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MULTI – AGENCY WORK

  • ADAT
  • SDEA
  • Divisional Drug Awareness Officers
  • Proceeds of Crime Act
  • Today
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INNOVATION

  • Drug Death Review Group
  • Non Fatal Overdoses
  • Prison Work
  • Profiling
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Thank You For Listening

Presented by:

Stephen Heath

Vice-Chair Ayrshire and Arran A.D.A.T