Spectrum attends International Conference on Substance Misuse

Spectrum’s Chief Executive, Linda Harris, travelled to Tajikistan’s capital city on February 8 for the first day of the International Conference on the Management of Substance Misuse.

Led by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), Substance Misuse and Associated Health (SMAH), this conference brings together over 70 world-recognised healthcare experts to discuss the increasing public threat of opiate addiction and substance misuse in Central Asia.

The conference in Dushanbe city is a first step in establishing connections with Central Asian Healthcare Institutions, with representatives from eight countries in the region scheduled to attend. The two-day programme is designed to explore some of the big challenges that are currently happening in UK and Central Asian countries in the field of substance misuse, and to develop a long term collaboration plan, share good practice and set the foundations for the development of joint education activities in the field of substance misuse.

The Conference will also help support primary care providers in the region to become confident and competent in managing Drug Misuse problems. Leading experts from the UK will share their knowledge and expertise on practical issues such as assessment and early intervention, referral to treatment, recovery oriented care, MET (motivation enhanced therapy), family intervention for service users and aftercare.

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