Overdose Awareness

Naloxone saves lives

The Take Home Naloxone Programme was rolled out across Scotland in 2012 and since this time DA have successfully trained hundreds of clients, family members and service workers in Basic Life Support and Naloxone Administration. The training allows people to receive a supply of Naloxone- a lifesaving medication that can temporarily reverse the effect of opiate overdose.

Part of DA’s role within the community involves increasing awareness around the effects of drug overdose. Overdose is sadly the leading cause of death amongst people who use drugs. Drug related deaths can have a devastating impact on the lives of not only those who are using drugs, but also their friends, families, and communities. There is strong evidence to suggest that more often than not there are other people present at the scene of an overdose. It is believed that if witnesses had a supply of naloxone and were equipped to use it then lives could potentially be saved.

If you are interested in getting more information about overdose and naloxone then you can attend DA’s Duty Drop In Monday- Friday 9.30am-1.30pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm or Saturday and Sunday 2.00pm- 5.00pm. The training can take as little as ten minutes to complete and may allow you to carry your own supply of naloxone that could potentially save someone’s life in the future.