Overdose Awareness Day 2021

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day and Scottish Families are taking the time to highlight that naloxone saves lives. Below you can find out more about our online click and deliver naloxone service from our own Suzanne. You can hear about the tragic loss one family member has gone through and why she won’t stop campaigning about drug reform. And we have included additional links and resources.


Scottish Families Online Click and Deliver Naloxone Service

Hear below from Suzanne on our team about naloxone and why everyone should carry a naloxone kit. These kits can be ordered through Scottish Families and delivered to you through the post if you live in Scotland.

Naloxone is a drug that can reverse the effects of opioid drugs like heroin and methadone. It will begin to work in 2-5 minutes.

Carrying naloxone means you can potentially save someone’s life.

Order your naloxone kit here.

From Caroline

‘We lost our beautiful boy on the 24th of October 2001, aged 28.

The devastation of a drug-related death hits the family hard and I wasn’t prepared for the harrowing eight weeks waiting for his body to be released. So many emotions going around in my head. Why can’t I see him? Touch him? Cuddle him? It was so cold and impersonal. I wanted to shout out ‘this is my lovely boy, I want to be with him’ but being an ongoing criminal investigation, this was not allowed to happen. It is tragic to be treated in that way. It just should not happen.’

Read Caroline’s blog post here.

Sudden and Unexplained Deaths

A little while ago we created this page full of information on sudden and unexplained deaths. It feels right today to highlight this information again. Family members who have lost a loved one from alcohol or drug-related death have written this booklet with the support of Scottish Families.

Read Sudden and Unexplained Deaths here.

Updated E-Learning on Overdose Intervention, Prevention and Naloxone  

Scottish Drugs Forum e-learning course on Overdose Intervention, Prevention and Naloxone has been updated to reflect current policies and practice ahead of International Overdose Awareness Day.

Take the training here. 

We are here to support you if you are concerned about someone else’s alcohol or drug use. We can chat, offer advice and information, and link you either into our own services or services local to you.

Contact our Helpline today on 08080 10 10 11, helpline@sfad.org.uk or you can use the webchat at our site www.sfad.org.uk.

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