Spray for overdosed drug addicts trialled by North Wales Police

A drug which can reverse the effects of an overdose will be trialled by police in Wales. The North Wales force will train 12 officers in Flintshire to administer Naloxone via a nasal spray in a six-month trial starting in March. Police and crime commissioner Arfon Jones said for officers protecting the public and their welfare it was another “tool in their armoury”.

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Reduce UK drug deaths by funding treatment services, experts urge

Drug-related deaths will not come down from record levels unless the government invests in treatment services, experts behind a pioneering project to save lives have said. The most recent official figures show that 4,359 deaths from drug poisoning were recorded in England and Wales in 2018, the highest number since records began in 1993, with around two-thirds attributed to drug misuse.

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‘I feel like I have a purpose’: the ex-addicts working to save lives

Under the project, a team of peers – people with lived experience of drug issues – take an intravenously administered medication called naloxone out on to the streets and train members of the community, including active drug users, in how to use it. The main life-threatening effect of an opioid overdose is to slow down or stop breathing. Naloxone blocks this effect and reverses breathing difficulties.

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Naloxone impact: Sharp rise in use of overdose-reversing drug

The number of times Northern Ireland’s ambulance service administered a drug to reverse overdoses has risen by 40% since 2017, official figures show. Naloxone, which temporarily reverses the effects of opioid overdoses, was administered 876 times in 2019. This is 200 times more than two years ago, according to Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) figures.

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Harm Reduction programs distribute one million doses of naloxone in 2019

2019 marks the close of a decade of unimaginable loss to our communities. Likely an underestimate, we lost half a million of our friends in these last ten years to the War on Drugs-fueled overdose crisis. With deep reverence for this painful truth, we want to take a moment to uplift and reflect upon the power of one small group of Harm Reduction programs who were responsible for distributing an enormous portion of the nation’s naloxone directly to people who use drugs and those who love them this past year.

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