Thousands of Scots Sign Up For Naloxone Kits To Help Prevent Drug Deaths –

Thousands of Scots Sign Up For Naloxone Kits To Help Prevent Drug Deaths –

Thousands of people in Scotland have signed up to learn how to save the life of someone who has overdosed on drugs.

The Scottish government said around 4,500 people have signed up for training on how to administer naloxone. Volunteers receive a free kit.

The joint venture with the Scottish Drug Forum (SDF) used television and radio advertisements and billboards at transport hubs and shopping malls to promote the campaign.

Although now complete, people can still express interest in studying and buying a kit.

More than 20 hackney drivers in Glasgow volunteered to carry the kits.

Dougie MacPherson, head of Glasgow Taxis, said: “On a personal level, in the 1980s, before I entered the taxi business, I worked in North Glasgow as Possilpark in some of the worst affected areas of the city.

“Heroin and HIV wiped out a generation at the time and left an indelible impression on those who lived through it, myself included.

“Current data on drug-related deaths is a clear reminder that the problem has not gone away and that any means to reduce the death toll must be supported.”

Angela Constance, Minister for Drug Policy, said: “The response to this joint venture with the Scottish Drug Forum is very encouraging and highlights how everyone can participate in learning how to save a life.

“We hope that the campaign will also help reduce the stigma towards people at risk of overdose and drug problems in general.”

Kirsten Horsburgh, strategy coordinator for the prevention of drug-related deaths at the Scottish Drug Forum, added: “Naloxone is an emergency treatment that can help save someone’s life and it is essential that people have the knowledge, the skills and tools needed to help. Something. experiencing a life-threatening overdose.

“Taxi drivers can also be in this position and we are grateful to Glasgow Taxis for helping to share this important message.”

Source: Herald Scotland