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Joe Schofield

Organisation: Drugs Research Network for Scotland, University of Edinburgh
Pronouns: he/him

Joe Schofield’s Topic

Benzodiazepines are driving drug-related overdose and death in Scotland. Could there be a role for prescribed benzodiazepines as a safer alternative to street drugs of unknown potency and ingredients?

Joe spent the first 25 years of his career working in NHS public health roles focussing on blood borne viruses and sexual health in Brighton, London and Glasgow. He was seconded to the World Health Organisation’s Global Hepatitis Team via the Scottish Government from 2014-2015 where he wrote the “Manual for the Development and Assessment of National Viral Hepatitis Plans” and co-organised the first World Hepatitis Summit.

He has been National Research Coordinator for the Drugs Research Network for Scotland (DRNS) since its inception in 2017. He was based at the University of Stirling for DRNS’ first six years, and recently moved to University of Edinburgh to continue support the network. Over this time he was principal and co-investigator on several studies designed to understand and prevent drug-related harms including overdose and death.

Joe successfully completed postgradiate Public Health qualifications at the Universities of Glagow and Stirling and is planning to undertake a PhD by publicaiton at University of Edinburgh. He is commited to the meaningful involvement of people with lived/living experience in the design, delivery, and dissemination of drugs research, and is especially interested in work that reduces health inequalities and improves quality and quantity of life for people facing multiple disadvatage and health challenges.

Joe Schofield

Joe Schofield’s Topic

Benzodiazepines are driving drug-related overdose and death in Scotland. Could there be a role for prescribed benzodiazepines as a safer alternative to street drugs of unknown potency and ingredients?