Laura Sharman 04 December 2019

Overdose victims in Glasgow saved 17 times in four months

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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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