Health service hosts anti-overdose drug class

Naxolone training session offered as international day to remember victims of drugs takes place

Friday 30th August 2019

Health services are offering training sessions in a new type of drug that blocks the effects of opioid overdoses.

NHS Highland is running the drop-in event about anti-overdose medication Naloxone as it marks international overdose awareness day with events in Inverness.

Traditionally administered by injection, health services in the Highland are now using a nasal spray.

Nearly 1,200 Scots lost their lives to drugs in 2018, the highest number since records began and the highest rate in Europe.

Sarah Harwood of Highland alcohol and drug advice & support service said: “This is an opportunity for everyone, over the age of 18, to come together and find out what support we can offer.

“A warm welcome is extended to anyone interested in attending. Overdose can impact on anyone but it is really important to know and realise that overdose death is preventable and it is healthy to talk about it.”

The training session at Osprey house, Raigmore Hospital, takes place tomorrow as part of two events remembering those who have lost their lives.

The events are taking place at Osprey House and the Highland Alcohol and Drug Advice & Support Service on Church Street.

NHS drug and alcohol recovery workers will be on hand to offer advice.

Ms Harwood added: “The purpose is to raise awareness of overdoses, help reduce the stigma around drug-related deaths and acknowledge the grief experienced by families and friends when they lose a loved one to overdose.”