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Mitigating opioids’ harm

Ideally, opioid addiction could be prevented altogether. But failing that, strategies to make drug use safer can curb opioid-related death. Haven Wheelock carries a dose of naloxone everywhere she goes. She calls it a “magical medication” with the power to bring people back from the brink of death.

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Fears UK could follow the US into opioid crisis

Overuse of powerful prescription medication could lead to an addiction crisis in the UK similar to that being seen in the US, mental health professionals are warning. Public Health England has published a review showing that 141 million prescriptions were handed out for strong painkillers, antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication and sleeping pills last year.

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Drug-related Deaths: Scottish Parliament Debate

Full text of the statement by Joe FitzPatrick (Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing) to the Scottish parliament on tackling drug-related deaths in Scotland. The text includes his statement, questions from other MPs and responses.

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Wake up – We Are Dying! A Call to Action from People who use Drugs on International Overdose Awareness Day

(INPUD) Our very lives, and the lives of those we love, are the human cost of this deadly war on drugs. All too often, drugs themselves are blamed for claiming so many lives. In reality, we should lay the blame on the architects of the disastrous drug war, the lack of political will to find real solutions, and the societal apathy generated by decades of stigma and discrimination. The combined cost of all this is proving too brutal to bear. Today, as we do every other day, drug user unions and networks call for action.

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OD Buster – Digitally Empowering the Response to Opioid Overdose

OD Buster is a new community based overdose response networking app that connects people in need of assistance with an overdose with trained volunteers in possession of naloxone in the vicinity in real time, using GPS, Wi-Fi and other data technology. In case of an overdose in progress, the app will alert nearby volunteers and direct them to the person’s location to administer the life-saving antidote. Nearby volunteers will typically arrive before the ambulance and those extra minutes could mean the difference between life and death.

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