International Overdose Awareness Day

6 August 2019 Posted by

On Friday 30th August 2019 Cornwall DAAT and partners will be holding an awareness and training event to coincide with International Overdose Awareness Day.

Every year in Cornwall a proportion of drug related deaths could have been averted by prompt action at the scene. This could be something simple like calling an ambulance immediately or carrying out prompt and effective first aid. Due to the associated illegality of drug use these simple and potentially life-saving actions are sometimes either delayed or not carried out at all. Myths such as calling an ambulance will also alert the Police still abound.

This will be the third successive event in Cornwall to raise awareness of drug overdose, first aid and many related issues. Previous events have been held in Truro and Penzance. It will be held in the White River Centre at St Austell between 1000 and 1600. As per previous years there will be training in first aid to include resuscitation, placing someone in the recovery position and administering the life-saving drug Naloxone which is now widely available in Cornwall thanks to great partner agency working. Recognising that someone is overdosing and acting quickly is important. Breaking down the stereotypes, letting people know the facts and myth busting is very much a part of this day. Leaflets and other information will be available together with experienced personnel to answer questions. We have signposted many people in the past towards relevant services and support.

To that end, volunteers will include staff and service users from Cosgarne Hall, Freshstart, Addaction workers, DAAT and the Community Safety Team.

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