Naloxone AKA Narcan is a medicine used in emergency situations where there is a suspicion that opioids have been taken and/or overdosed on.
This emergency medication reverses the devastating effects of an opioid overdose by blocking the opioid receptors in the brain. This is why it is called an opioid antagonist. It also prevents the person from overdosing again for a short while after it’s been initially administered.
Find out all you need to know about Naloxone in this article.
Is it OK to judge drug addicts & alcoholics? Find out in this article here. Also, how much control do we have over ourselves and our circumstances? It is a simple question, but one with far-reaching implications.
For instance, the level of control you believe someone else has over various aspects of their life would likely impact not just how you might personally judge, say a drug addict, but also your attitudes to whether and how much the state should be willing to help them, what help and treatments are available and many more vital questions that impact addicts and addiction in general.
If we want to change peoples opinions and judgements on issues such as addiction. We need to understand their current thoughts and feelings so that we can provide facts and clarity to benefit, not only the addicts but also society as a whole.
Keep reading to learn more and find out the results that we weren’t able to include in this article.
You don’t want to miss the shocking survey results inside this article!…
We all need to play our small part in tackling and overcoming this big issue. We released an article a short while back, explaining how to help someone who has overdosed, information about naloxone and carrying an emergency naloxone kit and recognising the signs and symptoms of an overdose, other important charities and organisations that can provide help, support, training and more!
In England alone, there were over 314,000 potential years of life lost related to alcohol consumption, the highest level since 2011 and there were 4,359 deaths related to drug poisoning registered in the UK, the highest number and the highest annual increase.
These numbers are shocking. We need to bring the topics of addictions and overdoses into the spotlight, remove the stigma and shame previously attached to them and raise awareness for this vital issue. These lives could have been saved from Addictions that are treatable & overdoses that are preventable!
We are working with homeless and rough sleeping charities and organisations across Bournemouth & Poole on the 31st August to firstly, provide urgently needed support and assistance and secondly but just as importantly, raise awareness about overdosing on illicit drugs, prescription drugs and/or alcohol.
Tomorrow we will be submitting our official request to The London Eye to ask them to illuminate The London Eye purple in honour of International Overdose Awareness Day on the 31st August 2020. I know we don’t have much time so we are asking for your help to get behind this idea to remind London and the rest of the UK that overdoses are preventable and addiction is recoverable! And we need your help to make it happen using the hashtag #TurnPurple4Overdose