I was delighted to be asked to deliver a presentation on the Scottish Naloxone Programme at the recent King’s College ‘Naloxone Saves Lives’ conference in London. Despite the short notice the event was well attended and it appeared that the majority of people there were impressed by the programme in Scotland and would like to see more availability of take-home naloxone in England.
On the 29th of August the Scottish Drugs Forum hosted a national conference to look at the current situation with drug-related deaths in Scotland, we had some great speakers and the event wen't really well. Of course we'll soon be putting the presentation online with a fuller report on the day, but for now I thought you might like to see some of the photos of the event.
I first became involved in the Naloxone Programme when I worked at New Horizon community Rehabilitation Project in the east end of Glasgow, I had initially completed the Naloxone Training for Trainers through SDF in 2007 but due to work and training constraints, I was never able to fully integrate naloxone training in to my work.
We were very grateful to the Minister, Roseanna Cunningham, for attending New Horizon to hear about their great work with naloxone to try to reduce the number of drug related deaths in their community. The day was planned in conjunction with the release of the figures of take home naloxone supplies in Scotland during 2012/13 which shows encouraging signs that there has been an increase in supplies.
One of the most significant changes has been the departure of Stephen Malloy, National Naloxone Co-ordinator. Stephen left SDF in December and is now the director of his own training and consultancy company. I wish him all the best with his new venture, he was extremely supportive to me in my role and I learnt a lot from him. I hope to be able to work in partnership with him in the future on a project or two.