Preventing drug overdoses

00000This is the sixth in a blog series based on the findings of the 2015  annual European Drugs Report published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. In it, I explore new interventions to prevent drug overdose deaths. 70,000 deaths It is estimated that over 70 000 lives were lost to drug overdoses in Europe in the first decade of the 21st Century. Although the annual figure of fatal drug overdoses started to fall between 2009 and 2013, the most …

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How a new smartphone app can save lives

00000Naloxone training app I am writing this post to celebrate the launch of the new @UTurntraining smartphone app which is dedicated to preventing deaths caused by opiate overdoses. The app was launched on 16 January 2012 and is available for download from the Android marketplace for the sum of £1.99. UPDATE: 15 May 2012 – the app is now totally FREE. The iPhone version is already under development. Back in October, I wrote a post …

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Naloxone: How a take-away can save your life

00000Drug-related deaths are on the increase in Britain; 2,182 in 2009, the last year for which figures are available , despite the fact that they are falling in other comparable European countries. Most of these are caused by accidental overdose. Drug treatment agencies have been concerned about this issue for many years and have been trying to address it in a variety of ways. Drug overdoses are frequently witnessed by drug users who want to …

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Applying ourselves to prevent drug overdoses

00000The mobile phone application market is huge, over half a million apps for iPhone and quarter of a million for Android phones. As I write this, today’s top trending app in the Android Market is Buka HD – just £1.49 will buy you a game which features a big blue bubble whose purpose is to make ‘stars go boom’. In addition, to the thousands of games, there are apps for every purpose imaginable. In the …

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