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Drug and alcohol related deaths strategy

Today, 31st August, is Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held each year to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.

Recent data released from the Office of National Statistics shows that drug related deaths are continuing to rise. There were 3,756 deaths relating to drug poisoning in England and Wales in 2017 for both legal and illegal drugs. It is the highest number since 1993, when comparable data began to be collected.

The latest data for alcohol related deaths won’t be released until later this year but the 2016 data shows they continue to be worryingly high at 7,327.

We are obviously very concerned by these figures and are today launching our Drug and Alcohol Related Deaths Strategy to ensure that Blenheim is doing everything it can to reduce these unnecessary deaths.

There is lots of excellent work already happening across Blenheim and we have identified some areas where we want to continue to make improvements to our practice.

Sharon Daughter, Director of Services at Blenheim said:

“Our services are uniquely placed to gain further understanding into drug and alcohol related deaths which in turn can be disseminated throughout the organisation with the intention of preventing further unnecessary deaths.

We will ensure that learning is shared and training of staff is prioritised to develop interventions and re-engagement for all service users.”

We also believe that it is imperative to provide comprehensive access to the life-saving drug Naloxone – and overdose management training – across the whole of the United Kingdom, in line with World Health Organisation (WHO), ACMD and public health guidelines and advice. As part of our strategy we will ensure that Naloxone is available in all our services.

Download our drug and alcohol related deaths strategy here – Drug and alcohol related deaths strategy 2018 or read more about our campaign work to reduce drug and alcohol deaths

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