Laura Sharman 04 December 2019

Overdose victims in Glasgow saved 17 times in four months

Overdose victims in Glasgow saved 17 times in four months image

Glasgow Council has released figures showing that overdose victims were revived 17 times in four months at its night shelter.

Naloxone, a drug used to revive people from potentially fatal overdoses, was used 17 times at the council’s Winter Night Shelter last year.

The council – which is the first in Scotland to offer pioneering heroin assisted treatment for people with the most severe drug addictions – said the number of Naloxone interventions shows the high prevalence of drug addictions among the city’s homeless community.

Susanne Millar, interim chief officer of Glasgow's health & social care partnership, said: ‘The number of lives potentially saved at the Winter Night Shelter demonstrates the scale of the problem.

'Unfortunately, this heart-breaking reality is replicated in our other homelessness services too.’

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