International Overdose Awareness Day

NHS Lothian is supporting International Overdose Awareness Day (31 August) by continuing to highlight the issue to drug users across Lothian. 

The Harm Reduction Team will be delivering targeted overdose prevention sessions across their services, with particular focus on the needle exchange and outreach services.

The mobile clinic will be in West Lothian today at Howden and Armadale from 2pm to offer advice, information and support around drug use.

The clinic provides outreach services such as clean injecting equipment, disposal of used needles, information on safer injecting, advice on how to access other services, such as the blood born viruses testing and instant referral to treatment.

Jim Shanley, Harm Reduction Manager, NHS Lothian said:

“Overdose prevention is an important part of the work we do everyday. However this awareness day is another opportunity to highlight the dangers of overdose. Being aware of these dangers and knowing how to react to them has the potential to save lives.
“The roll out of the national Naloxone programme in Lothian has encouraged people to speak more openly about overdose. It is another positive step towards raising awareness of how to prevent an overdose and discuss moving away from drug use and towards recovery.”

Some key advice we would give people at risk of an overdose:

  • take extra care should you relapse after a period of abstinence
  • don’t use when you are on your own. 

International Overdose Awareness Day aims to remember lives lost and educate about overdose prevention.