Training to save people who have overdosed on heroin
PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 September 2015
POTENTIALLY life-saving kits which reverse the effects of heroin are being offered in Weston-super-Mare.
Addiction charity Addaction North Somerset launched its Keep Calm And Carry Naloxone campaign this week.
Naloxone is a medicine which reverses the effects of heroin and can prevent someone who has overdosed from dying.
Staff at Addaction, based in the Boulevard in Weston, have been training people how to administer it and are sending them home with life-saving kits.
Heroin overdoses often occur when family and friends are nearby, and people can be trained to keep someone alive while waiting for an ambulance.
The campaign has been funded by North Somerset Council,
Service team leader James Brazier said: “Lives will be saved due to this training.
“Taking heroin is a high-risk activity and our service works hard to show people another lifestyle.
“But, while the risk is still happening, users and their significant others should make sure they have a naloxone kit.
“Drug users who have had their lives saved thanks to naloxone, often see that moment as one which kick starts their recovery and we look forward to helping people achieve that.”
When people take too much of an opiate such as heroin, they can lose consciousness, stop breathing and die.
Naloxone removes the heroin from the person’s receptors and blocks the drug’s effects for 20-30 minutes.
Mr Brazier added: “Every drug death is a tragedy for the individuals and the friends and relatives that are left behind.
“We are focused on individuals recovering and for us every death is one too many.”
For more information on the training or to sign up for it, contact Addaction North Somerset on 01934 427940.