Our participation in All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) meeting on preventing opioid-related deaths

The focus of the APPG meeting was preventing opioid-related deaths. A significant percentage of clients at our Suicide Crisis Centre have a history of drug use and we are concerned to do all we can to reduce the risk of death from opioid use.

The meeting looked at the barriers to wider use of naloxone as well as the introduction of naloxone into frontline services such as police forces. Naloxone is an emergency medication used to block the effects of opioids, including in heroin overdoses.

This information from the charity Change, Grow, Live (CGL) explains how you can access training to use naloxene in an emergency: https://www.changegrowlive.org/advice-info/alcohol-drugs/naloxone-overdose-reversal-drug