BBC News online reported that more than 3,300 people died from drug poisoning in 2014 in England and Wales, the highest figure since modern records began in 1993, the Office for National Statistics says.
According to the latest report, two thirds involved illegal drugs.
Many of these opiate fatalities could have been prevented by the use of Naloxone as an intervention – this is a safe and effective prescription medicine that can reverse the effects of opiate overdoses.
Warwickshire County Council Community Safety and Substance Misuse Team have funded the provision of take home Naloxone within its treatment services for over two years after recognising the need to reduce opiate related overdoses and ensure that people at risk of overdose have access to Naloxone and be suitably trained to administer it in an emergency and respond to overdoses.
To read more about drug deaths in England and Wales please click on the following links:
The Recovery Partnership Drug and Alcohol Service in Warwickshire provides training around reducing the risk of overdose and take home Naloxone to people who may be at risk of an opiate overdose – their contact details are below.
Anyone concerned about their use of any drugs can contact our local services for help and advice: