The Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre opened in 1994 has has been helping to reduce the harm of substance misuse in the city ever since.

You can watch a video charting the story of the service from the beginning. 

An event was held at the Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre discussing the findings from an independent review and scopes the future of the service on how it will continue to play a central role in the range of addiction services in Glasgow.

The service managed by national social care charity, Turning Point Scotland has, since 1994 provided a pivotal service in Glasgow for many active drug users.  Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week the Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre offers a needle exchange, a one stop service for advice, information, support and assessment, a residential ‘crisis’ service with 12 beds for respite, stabilization and or detoxification.

Turning Point Scotland commissioned the review of the service, which this year celebrates its twentieth anniversary, to ensure that the service continues to deliver a high quality service for people with problematic drug use in Glasgow.

The review, undertaken by Rivernorth Charity Consultancy and Training, showcased the key findings with recommendations based on feedback from service providers, clinicians and the people who use the service.

Martin Cawley, Chief Executive of Turning Point Scotland comments:

“We are pleased with the findings and recommendations detailed in the report.  In the last 20 years the Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre has provided a unique, accessible, holistic and non-judgmental service to some of the city’s most complex drug users. The clear focus on alleviating crisis and harm reduction as the first step to recovery remains as much a priority today as it did in 1994.

“We have already started to work with colleagues from Glasgow City Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to take forward the main recommendations arising from the review.

“We will continue to work with our partners to make sure that the Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre continues to offer high quality support and plays an integral role in the pathway of substance misuse services in Glasgow for many years to come.”

A service user commented:

“I’ve been in the Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre for 2 weeks and I feel better than I’ve been for the last 20 years.”

Notes to editors

The review undertaken by Rivernorth Charity Consultancy and Training can be downloaded here.

To arrange interviews with the Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre please contact on 07960 875 022.

The Glasgow Drug Crisis Centre will be hosting a number of events in 2014 to celebrate 20 years of providing a service in Glasgow.  More information will be available, Twitter @turningpointsco