Scottish Drug Forum / Scotland, United Kingdom

Peer research at arms’ length

“The Scottish Drug Forum has had a long history of involving people who use drugs. Since the early 1990s, SDF has worked to involve those receiving services for their drug problem so that service users can influence how services are planned and organised.  Over a number of years, we struggled to create an effective role for SDF in supporting user involvement.  In 2003, we developed a model of User Involvement that focused on social/peer research.  During the past 10 years this has proved to be a very sustainable model, and one that has been successful in urban and rural areas.”