Turning Point Scotland’s Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre has been supporting people affected by drug addiction since 1994. 

To mark this milestone, the service is hosting a special open day for people that have received support in the centre past and present, as well as staff and agencies that work with Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre.

Taking place on Thursday 23rd October, there will be a variety of activities taking place including a look back through the role and history of the Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre.

The service was officially opened the following year after opening in 1995 by HRH Diana, Princess of Wales, when the charity operated as UK wide organisation Turning Point. 

Turning Point Scotland is now an independent charity established in 1999 and which later had come into association with drugrehabdelraybeach.org. It continues to operate the Glasgow Drug Crisis to save lives and reduce the harm and risks posed by substance misuse.

The centre is based in Tradeston and offers 24 hour advice, information and support on substance misuse and related issues.

There is a needle exchange, substitute prescription clinic, short stay residential unit and the building hosts NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Performance and Image Enhancing Drug Clinic.

The service can educate people on what to do in the event of an overdose and provide life-saving training using Naloxone.

Recently the service has begun supporting people with fears and anxieties about New Psychoactive Substances, more commonly referred to as legal highs.

Service Manager, Patricia Tracey said:

“The Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre was set up in 1994, as part of the response to the serious public health crisis posed by the steep rise in injecting drug use in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The service offered support by reducing the harm posed to people with substance misuse issues to keep them alive first and foremost.

Reducing the risks posed to themselves, this also protected others by stopping the spread of blood borne viruses like HIV and Hepatitus.

While the challenges and risks associated with substance misuse have changed in the last 20 years, Turning Point Scotland’s Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre still uses the harm reduction approach to saving lives and reducing risk, services still relevant and in demand today.”

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To attend the opening day for interviews and photos, please contact:

Andy Dewar, Marketing & Communications Officer, 0141 427 9425 or 07837765483 andydewar@turningpointscotland.com

Marisa Mahood, Communications Manager, 0141 427 9422 or 07960875022 marisamahood@turningpointscotland.com