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Lost Voices – Lost Lives

Online Conference
Monday 2nd November (09:30-12:30)


Lost Voices – Lost Lives

Thank you to everybody who took part in our conference  - our speaker's presentations can be found below:

A video of our conference can also be found here:…

 The North Wales Police & Crime Commissioner will be hosting the Lost Voices- Lost Lives online conference on the 2nd November 2020.

The aim of the conference is to raise awareness and gain support for the implementation of a Heroin Assisted Treatment Pilot in North Wales.

The speakers at the conference will provide a vast overview of the benefits of Heroin Assisted Treatment, personal experiences and the science behind the programme. The speakers include:

  • Professor Sir John Strang –Director of the National Addiction Centre and Head of the Addictions Department at King’s College London
  • Daniel Ahmed – Clinical Partner, Foundations a specialist GP practice providing support for drug users.
  • George Charlton – Founder of the George Charlton Training and Consultancy – specialising in delivering innovative and dynamic drug and alcohol harm prevention programmes.
  • Tracey Breheny Deputy Director of Mental Health, Substance Misuse and Vulnerable Groups, Welsh Government

The focus of the conference will be the benefits of Heroin Assisted Treatment to vulnerable individuals entrenched in drug use, the community as a whole and a reduction in crime.

What is Heroin Assisted Treatment?

Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT) is a public health approach to treat individuals with a long term opioid addiction who have been unresponsive to other treatments.  Patients attend a specialised clinic up to two times a day to receive and take their prescription under the supervision of medically trained staff.

How does it work?

HAT provides chaotic users with a designated clinic where they receive their heroin prescription and have access to health services and support. Those who would be eligible for HAT generally live a chaotic lifestyle where access to support and health services are limited. By attending a clinic on a daily basis patients will have regular access to health professionals, housing services and support services.

Those who are entrenched in addiction spend their days looking for their next fix and are unable to lead normal lives. HAT removes the need to find their next fix and allows patients to start treatment and gradually return to living a stable life.

What are the positive and negatives of Heroin Assisted Treatment?


  1. Reduces the crime and repeat offending
  2. Fewer short term sentences
  3. Reduced anti-social behaviour and drug paraphernalia
  4. Better treatment outcomes for hard to reach users
  5. Disrupting streams of OCG’s.


  1. Cost – The cost of the scheme can be considered expensive as it is costed per individual.
  2. Initial complaints from residents if the site is located near their homes.
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