#StopTheDeaths

For each of the last three years, Scotland has suffered record numbers of drugs overdose deaths. Each of these tragic deaths impacts on individuals, families, communities and the nation. This cannot be accepted or allowed to become a ‘new normal’.

Drug overdose deaths are preventable. We know how to prevent these deaths and yet they still happen.

Scottish Drugs Forum has launched #StopTheDeaths to raise awareness of the rising toll of drug overdose deaths in Scotland and focus efforts to prevent these tragedies. #StopTheDeaths will also focus on other drug-related deaths – for example, those caused by adverse health effects of drug use.

Scotland needs to prioritise this issue and take actions evidenced to prevent deaths. These actions involve all stakeholders – people who use drugs, their families and communities as well as services and policymakers. The problem and the solutions belong to us all.

The good news is that drug deaths are being prevented every day in Scotland. But despite all our efforts and successes, there are still many tragic and preventable deaths.

#StopTheDeaths is a reminder to all stakeholders that drug death prevention is possible and that we all have our parts to play.

#StopTheDeaths is a call for local and national focus on preventing drug deaths and for all stakeholders to prioritise and focus on this agenda.

#StopTheDeaths is a message of hope – that we can respond to record drug deaths by developing a world-leading response to this national challenge

Help us spread the #StopTheDeaths message – drug deaths are not inevitable – we can prevent drug deaths.

 

What can you do?

 

Add a #StopTheDeaths twibbon to your social media profile photo

Show your support by adding the #StopTheDeaths logo to your social media profile pictures.

Click here to add a twibbon

 

Share a post on Facebook or Twitter

Show your support for #StopTheDeaths by sharing the below messages on your social media:

Twitter:

“Together we can prevent drug deaths in Scotland #StopTheDeaths http://www.sdf.org.uk/stopthedeaths”

Facebook:

“Scotland needs to recognise, prioritise and take actions that reduce drug overdose deaths. These actions involve all stakeholders – people who use drugs, their families and communities as well as services and policy makers. The problem and the solutions belong to us all.

We need to focus on this issue because despite efforts and successes there are still record numbers of drug deaths.  This cannot be accepted or allowed to become a ‘new normal’.

#StopTheDeaths is a reminder to all stakeholders that drug death prevention is possible and that we all have our parts to play.

#StopTheDeaths is a call for local and national focus on preventing drug deaths and for all stakeholders to prioritise and focus on this agenda.

#StopTheDeaths is a message of hope – that we can respond to record drug deaths by developing a world-leading response to this national challenge

Find out more: http://www.sdf.org.uk/stopthedeaths”

 

Take a picture with the #StopTheDeaths logo

Download and print the #StopTheDeaths logo, take a picture of yourself and/or your colleagues and share the picture on social media! We would also appreciate it if you could send it to andyc@sdf.org.uk and SDF will share it through our channels.

Download the print friendly A4 version of the logo / Download the non-print friendly A4 version of the logo

 

Send us a short video

Using your phone or any other recording device, record yourself stating what you or your organisation can do to prevent drug deaths.

For example:

“I can prevent drug deaths by raising awareness of naloxone – the temporary opiate overdose reversal medication – among my colleagues.”

“We can prevent drug deaths by stopping to check on someone in the street who appears unresponsive.”

“Scottish Drugs Forum can prevent drug deaths by supporting Alcohol and Drug Partnerships to maintain good quality among drug treatment services in their area.”

SDF will then add these videos to the #StopTheDeaths webpage, the SDF Youtube account and also share via our social media channels.

If you would like to send a video, please contact andyc@sdf.org.uk for instructions on how to send the files.

 

Wear a #StopTheDeaths t-shirt or badge

Show your support for the #StopTheDeaths initiative by wearing one of the initaive’s t-shirts or a badge.

T-shirt sizes available are S, M, L, XL and XXL. We are providing these at a below cost price of £5.

T-shirts can be picked up from the SDF office at 91 Mitchell Street, Glasgow, G1 3LN, Monday to Friday between 10.00am and 4.00pm.

Badges are free and can also be picked up from the SDF office (limited amount per person).

  

 

Add the #StopTheDeaths logo to your email signature

Simply right click and save the below #StopTheDeaths email banner, follow the instructions of your email provider to add it to your email signature and link it to www.sdf.org.uk/stopthedeaths

 

 

 

Take our free online e-learning course on overdose prevention and intervention

The course ‘Overdose Prevention, Intervention and Naloxone’ gives participants the opportunity to analyse key aspects of drug-related deaths in Scotland, learn how to prevent an opiate overdose and explains what to do in the case of witnessing an opiate overdose.

By the end of the course, participants will also have an understanding of the opiate overdose reversal medication naloxone, where to obtain a kit and how to utilise it in the case of an overdose.

The free-to-access concise course can be completed in around an hour, or alternatively, be completed in separate sittings to provide a fully flexible learning experience.

Click here to register for the e-learning course