Naloxone saves lives – how CGL are helping to prevent drug related deaths in Scotland

On the 1st of February, CGLs Peer Naloxone Education (PNE) team started their day with a briefing on the main objective: reaching out to as many people as possible while adhering to the social distancing rules currently in place. These were not the only challenges they faced. With rain and snow and temperatures dipping below zero, the task at hand was not easy. However, with their “Naloxone saves lives” hoodies they were dressed for the weather and ready for action.

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Taskforce to Receive 10,000 Free Naloxone Kits

Ethypharm, the speciality pharmaceutical company focused on CNS and critical care medicines, has confirmed its offer to supply 10,000 Naloxone kits across 2021 to The Drug Deaths Taskforce. The company, which is the licence holder for Prenoxad Injection, has made the gesture to support the work of the Taskforce in increasing engagement, overdose prevention education and naloxone training and supply with people at risk of overdose and their families. Prenoxad is the world’s first ‘take-home’ naloxone presentation licensed for use in a non-medical setting.

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Durham Police first to offer life saving drug to people released from custody

People being released from custody in Durham who are at risk of overdosing, can now take home a life saving drug for the first time. Durham Police, who pioneered the use of Naloxone by its custody officers and have since extended its training to include officers on the beat, are now distributing the life saving drug to people being released from custody.

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Death Prevention: A Community Responsibility

In 2018, a total of 67,367 drug overdose deaths were recorded in the United States (CDC). Simultaneously, most people here have at least heard of Naloxone, if not seen it, been trained on it, or even used it. With these facts and years’ experience in emergency services behind him, Jason Friesen set out to build a bridge between Naloxone carriers and people experiencing overdoses. In doing so, his work saves lives through a strong network of people who are ready and willing to serve their communities. In the following Q&A, Friesen explores different sides of the issue, and outlines how his organization Trek Medics International has risen to the occasion in response.

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