Drug Related Deaths: Our Work

Scotland's high rate of drug-related deaths remains an area of huge national concern.

SDF has and is making a significant contribution towards achieving national focus on tackling deaths through:

  • Offering Critical Incident (overdose prevention and emergency intervention) training and Take Home Naloxone (THN) emergency intervention training to all health boards areas across Scotland

  • Supporting Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs), NHS/statutory services and Third Sector organisations in their work to reduce Drug Related Deaths through improving the availability and effectiveness of life-saving measures measures in their local area

  • Contributing to the development of local frameworks to enable effective delivery of the overdose prevention (Critical Incidents) and emergency response (Critical Incidents and Take Home Naloxone) training

  • Participating in national advisory work overseeing implementation of the Take Home Naloxone programe

  • Developing innovative approaches to assist the implementation of the Take Home Naloxone programme

  • Training our User Involvement volunteers in overdose prevention and naloxone administration techniques

  • Hosting regular information-sharing and best practice events

  • Ground-breaking research on issues facing high-risk Older Drug Users

  • Promoting emergency responses to potential fatal outbreaks of infection among drug users.

  • Our innovative Naloxone Peer Educator Initiative, support the development of local networks of peer volunteers to help widen the reach of SDF’s lifesaving Take Home Naloxone Overdose Intervention training.


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