Overdose awareness

How naloxone could save a life

In 2021, drug misuse deaths reached a record high across England (2,846), as a growing number of people died after using opiates and cocaine. Thirty-two of these deaths were of Surrey residents.

Each of these individuals will have been a child, parent, partner or friend. What is most frustrating, is that each of these deaths could possibly have been avoided with the right support and medical attention.

Let's reduce the stigma of substance use

Substance use doesn't happen in isolation and people can use drugs for a variety of reasons, often to mask trauma and often as a way of coping with life.

There are a number of services in Surrey able to offer support to those requiring help and advice for their substance use and help for those affected by someone else's substance use.

To find out what support is available visit the Healthy Surrey drugs and alcohol web page.

What is naloxone?

Something else we can do is educate ourselves about naloxone and how to use it if we were to come across someone at risk of overdose.

Naloxone is an emergency antidote to an overdose caused by opiates, such as heroin, methadone, morphine, codeine and fentanyl. When naloxone is administered, it temporarily reverses an opiate overdose allowing time for further medical help to be found.

Naloxone is something regularly used by paramedics and is available free of charge from participating pharmacies in Surrey.

You could save a life. For further information of where to access naloxone, please visit the Healthy Surrey Naloxone web page.

If you have been affected by the death of someone through drug misuse, or have experienced a non-fatal overdose and would like to speak to someone in confidence, please contact Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care's 24 hour free helpline 0808 802 5000 or visit the Surrey Drug and Alcohol web page.

For more information about the signs and symptoms of overdose, please see the International Overdose Awareness Day web page.

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