Training looks at life-saving drug

Staff and service users at Milestone took part in training this week to administer the life-saving drug, Naloxone.

Naloxone is used to temporarily reverse the effects of overdoses involving opioids such as heroin, methadone and morphine. Administering the drug provides valuable time for emergency services to respond to 999 calls and, as a result, save lives.

At Waverley Care, many of the people we work with have a history of drug use. We support people to access drug support and recovery services, and offer peer support where service users can talk to people who have been through recovery.

Despite this support, accidental overdoses can occur, whether as a result of reduced tolerance to drugs or reactions between substances, and access to Naloxone can be the difference between life and death.

The training ties in to a Scottish Drugs Forum coordinated programme, which makes Naloxone kits available to people at risk of overdose, their friends or family, and support workers, including staff at Milestone. Kits are also issued to prisoners with a history of drug use, on their release from prison.

Last year, a total of 8,146 kits were issued under the Scottish Government scheme, of which 748 were used to treat an overdose.

With accidental overdose remaining a common cause of death among opioid drug users, Naloxone kits are an important intervention, along with continued drug treatment and support, to help people towards recovery. Our training will help ensure that people use the kits safely and effectively.

If you think that carrying a Naloxone kit would benefit you, you can talk about it with your GP.