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Opioids, pain, dependence & harms: international perspectives

Drugs Research Network Scotland

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 from 11:00 to 15:00 (BST)

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The Drugs Research Network for Scotland is delighted to present an interactive symposium with Dr Peggy Compton and Dr Marty Cheatle (University of Pennsylvania) and Dr Richard Cooper (University of Sheffield).

The aims of this event are to:

  • Share learning and emerging findings from the USA and England with colleagues in Scotland.
  • Update on an ongoing DRNS-supported project to reduce risk of prescription opioid overdose in NHS Fife.
  • Discuss how this learning can inform Scottish policy and practice.
  • Explore the potential for subsequent Scottish academic and clinical research, including international collaborations with colleagues from Penn University and England.

This event will be of interest to academics, practitioners, policy makers and technical experts working across Scotland. It will be of specific interest to clinical practitioners working in the pain and/or addictions fields.

Draft programme

Welcome & introduction.
Prof. Catriona Matheson

Presentation 1: Opioid induced hyperalgesia and Opioid Use Disorders: the Science and the Myths
Dr Peggy Compton

Presentation 2: Pain, Substance Abuse and Suicide: Epidemiology, Risk Assessment and Mitigation
Dr Marty Cheatle.


Presentation 3: The nature and dependence of opioid analgesic dependence in primary care
Dr Richard Cooper

Research update: Prescription Opioid Overdose Risk: ongoing study in NHS Fife
Dr Tessa Parkes.

Discussion on implications for, and priorities for research in, Scotland including international opportunities



Dr Peggy Compton

Dr Compton explores the phenomena of opioid-induced hyperalgesia and addiction in patients on opioid therapy for the treatment of chronic pain.  Her current work with chronic pain patients evaluates deprescribing strategies, determine if managed tapering results in improved pain perception, and evaluate the role of responsible opioid prescribing to minimise untoward outcomes in this population.  Dr Compton’s work is grounded in her neuropsychiatric nursing practice in addiction and pain treatment settings and involves the testing and refinement of a novel nursing theory that pain and opiate addiction are interrelated phenomena co-expressed in unique human life responses.

Dr Marty Cheatle

Dr Cheatle specializes in the evaluation and treatment of chronic pain disorders from a biopsychosocial perspective and has been involved in extensive research into pain management and addiction in vulnerable populations (HIV/AIDS, psychiatric patients) and into pain and suicidal ideation and behaviour.
Dr Cheatle recently completed a NIH-funded 5-year longitudinal study of the development of addiction in patients initiating prescription opioid therapy for chronic pain. He is currently Principal Investigator of a NIH/NIDA grant assessing phenotypic and genotypic markers of prescription opioid abuse.

Dr Richard Cooper

Dr Cooper is Programme Director of the Master of European Public Health degree at the University of Sheffield and has a background as a community pharmacist and a PhD in the ethics of healthcare. His research uses qualitative and mixed methods and covers a range of health service research topics but particularly the role of medicines, and their supply and particularly misuse.He recently completed a national survey to establish the prevalence of opioid analgesic dependence in the primary care setting in England for non-cancer patients along with patient and prescriber interviews about opioid analgesic use and pain management.

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When & Where

University of Stirling
Iris Murdoch Building
FK9 4NF Stirling
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 from 11:00 to 15:00 (BST)

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Drugs Research Network Scotland

The Drugs Research Network Scotland (DRNS) brings together academic and peer researchers, policy makers, serivce providers, technical experts, family members and people with lived experience of drug use.

Our aim is to generate knowledge that can inform the Scottish response to problem drug use, through development of policy and practice, to improve the health and well-being of people in Scotland.

We are especially keen to help forge relationship across institutions that will lead to world-class research projects, to support the personal and career development of emerging and early career researchers, and to engage people with lived experience in the design and delivery of drugs research.

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