Bristol Drugs Project is always interested in meeting people keen to hear about our services and we were pleased to welcome Ed Davey MP – Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson and colleagues to Bdp on 23 November to meet staff and service users.

Our discussions included the distribution of Naloxone (which reverses a heroin or other opioid overdose) to reduce drug related deaths; the strength of Bristol’s GP-based drug treatment system; the health needs of older people using alcohol and drugs; experiences of the futility of short prison sentences and Bristol’s Drug Education Programme diverting people from the criminal justice system.  

However by far the most powerful conversation throughout the visit was the description by service users of the daily prejudice they and others with a current or past problem with their use of alcohol or drugs experience which creates a major barrier to change.