New Drugs New Strategies Laura Mac Ewen Crew

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New Drugs: New Strategies Laura Mac. Ewen Crew Online Support Coordinator www. crew 2000.

New Drugs: New Strategies Laura Mac. Ewen Crew Online Support Coordinator www. crew 2000. org. uk

Who are Crew? Page 2 Scottish charity established in 1992 Developed out-with mainstream drugs

Who are Crew? Page 2 Scottish charity established in 1992 Developed out-with mainstream drugs field Crew philosophy: “We neither condemn nor condone drug use but believe there are ways to reduce harm for the significant numbers of our fellow citizens who decide to use them” www. crew 2000. org. uk

Page 3 How is our service different? • • Service tailored to psychostimulant users

Page 3 How is our service different? • • Service tailored to psychostimulant users Positioned close to scene Low threshold access to service Meets people where they are at in their drug use • Doesn’t wait for people to become problematic www. crew 2000. org. uk

Page 4 Stepped care approach www. crew 2000. org. uk

Page 4 Stepped care approach www. crew 2000. org. uk

Legal Highs Incense Legals Party Pills New ive drugs Substance Psychoact Designer Drugs New

Legal Highs Incense Legals Party Pills New ive drugs Substance Psychoact Designer Drugs New Psychoactive NPS Novel Substances Herbal Highs s Room Odorizer Plant Food Bath Salts Research Chemicals

Page 6 • • • New Drugs: New Issues? New drugs, new names –

Page 6 • • • New Drugs: New Issues? New drugs, new names – can’t keep up! I’ve never heard of it! “It’s an epidemic” We have never had a problem with this group before Mental health issues are rife Injecting of new substances We are already at capacity! Lack of services Chain of those affected – parents, family, friends… www. crew 2000. org. uk

Working with someone affected by drug use… www. crew 2000. org. uk

Working with someone affected by drug use… www. crew 2000. org. uk

Tools and Techniques Brief interventions Tracking patterns of use Identifying and developing strategies for

Tools and Techniques Brief interventions Tracking patterns of use Identifying and developing strategies for managing triggers Looking at pros and cons of change www. crew 2000. org. uk

Pro and Cons of Change Benefits of doing nothing Costs of change Benefits of

Pro and Cons of Change Benefits of doing nothing Costs of change Benefits of change www. crew 2000. org. uk

Tools and Techniques Brief interventions Tracking patterns of use Identifying and developing strategies for

Tools and Techniques Brief interventions Tracking patterns of use Identifying and developing strategies for managing triggers Looking at pros and cons of change Goal setting – SMART Harm reduction www. crew 2000. org. uk

Other Treatment Options Drug counselling Residential treatment Prescription Fellowships and self help Sleep management

Other Treatment Options Drug counselling Residential treatment Prescription Fellowships and self help Sleep management Alternative therapies (such as auricular acupuncture) www. crew 2000. org. uk

MY CREW and Online Services www. mycrew. org. uk

MY CREW and Online Services www. mycrew. org. uk

Online Services • • • Accessible 24/7 Out of hours Remote and rural areas

Online Services • • • Accessible 24/7 Out of hours Remote and rural areas Hard to reach groups Complementing services and reducing pressure • Waiting lists • New drugs/ NPS www. mycrew. org. uk

 • • • Accessible information Up to date for new drugs Assessment of

• • • Accessible information Up to date for new drugs Assessment of use Out of hours chat room support Support for users and workers www. mycrew. org. uk

User Groups • • Recreational users Service users in treatment Those in recovery Workers

User Groups • • Recreational users Service users in treatment Those in recovery Workers Immediate information, advice and support www. mycrew. org. uk

MY CREW App • Accessible self-help • Checking, logging and tracking use • Available

MY CREW App • Accessible self-help • Checking, logging and tracking use • Available 24/7 • Free on Android devices www. mycrew. org. uk

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Page 23 www. crew 2000. org. uk

Page 23 www. crew 2000. org. uk

Page 24 Online resources Available from the SDF website www. sdf. org. uk www.

Page 24 Online resources Available from the SDF website www. sdf. org. uk www. crew 2000. org. uk

Page 25 Online resources Forums are a good source of information www. crew 2000.

Page 25 Online resources Forums are a good source of information www. crew 2000. org. uk

Page 26 Concise information In print and online What’s in the packet? Most commonly

Page 26 Concise information In print and online What’s in the packet? Most commonly used substances Harm reduction information www. crew 2000. org. uk

Benefits: What our service users say • Accessibility • Anonymity • Breaking down stigma

Benefits: What our service users say • Accessibility • Anonymity • Breaking down stigma • Openness • Out of hours • Stepping stone • Online already www. crew 2000. org. uk

Page 28 Putting it into practice Case Study 1 • You are a worker

Page 28 Putting it into practice Case Study 1 • You are a worker in a drop in. A young person comes in with questions about a list of substances that her friends use and she is thinking about trying herself: Mr White, Charly Sheen and Pandora’s box. • What’s going on for you? • What can you do? • What is available for you/ the young person/ her friends? www. crew 2000. org. uk

Page 29 Putting it into practice Case Study 2 • You are Paul, aged

Page 29 Putting it into practice Case Study 2 • You are Paul, aged 21 and regularly use substances when you go out. You have tried a few new drugs but have noticed that you are using more than you used to and that your use is starting to impact on your life. You want to cut down but feel stigma about going to a drugs service. • What’s going on for you? • What can you do? • What is available for you? www. crew 2000. org. uk

Page 30 Putting it into practice Case Study 3 • You are a parent

Page 30 Putting it into practice Case Study 3 • You are a parent and have just found a pack of “Annihilation” in your 17 year old son’s room. • What’s going on for you? • What can you do? • What is available for you/ your son? www. crew 2000. org. uk

What you can do • Face the challenges of new drugs • Utilise online

What you can do • Face the challenges of new drugs • Utilise online services and other resources to benefit you and your service users • Look for relevant training opportunities • Make links with other organisations • Use existing skills and experience www. crew 2000. org. uk

Feedback Needed! www. mycrew. org. uk mycrew@crew 2000. org. uk laura@crew 2000. org. uk

Feedback Needed! www. mycrew. org. uk [email protected] 2000. org. uk [email protected] 2000. org. uk www. crew 2000. org. uk

Any questions?

Any questions?

Keep in touch! Facebook – Crew: Mind Altering Twitter – @Crew_2000 Visit – www.

Keep in touch! Facebook – Crew: Mind Altering Twitter – @Crew_2000 Visit – www. mycrew. org. uk Email – [email protected] 2000. org. uk www. crew 2000. org. uk