Our ODnotMe campaign was launched in summer 2018 to raise awareness about the tragic number of drug related deaths in Scotland, in particular Dundee. 90% of drug overdoses are preventable with the use of Naloxone and knowing the signs and symptoms to look out for.
What is Naloxone?
Naloxone is a short-acting emergency response medication. It is injected into the outer thigh or upper arm with the effects lasting for approximately 20 minutes so it is important to always call an ambulance. Naloxone saves lives by reversing the effects of an opiate overdose.
How to get Naloxone
Anyone aged 16 or over can receive a Naloxone kit and training on how to administer it at our Harm Reduction Service at the Cairn Centre, Dundee. You don’t have to make an appointment – you can drop in during our opening hours –
Monday: 9am – 5pm
Tuesday: 10am – 6pm
Wednesday: 9am – 5pm
Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 12 noon – 2.30pm
Each weekday we close for lunch from 12 noon – 12.30pm.
Training can take around an hour and then a kit will be issued (one per person). If group training sessions are required we can arrange for this to be carried out in an external venue. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01382 200532 to arrange this.
Signs and Symptoms of an Overdose
A witness was present at over half of all overdoses but no help was given. Would you know what to look out for?
- Individual is unresponsive or unconscious
- Shallow/slow/rasping breathing or snoring (sometimes called the ‘death rattle’)
- Pinpoint pupils
- Blue lips
- Pale skin
Always call an ambulance if you are concerned about anyone. Carry Naloxone – it saves lives.
The Harm Reduction Team at the Cairn Centre has been promoting the campaign by raising awareness around the risks associated with substance use. The campaign also seeks to reduce stigma in the community around substance use and what to do if you suspect someone is having an overdose.
The team has promoted this through several articles in the local press and on National Overdose Awareness day they promoted a stall in Dundee city square to further raise awareness. Local MPs also got on board, showing their support for the campaign and linking this to the new National Substance Use strategy ‘Rights, Respect and Recovery’ which was launched from the Cairn Centre in Dundee.
The Courier article – Hard hitting campaign launched in bid to combat drugs deaths in Dundee
Evening Telegraph Article – ‘ODnotMe’ campaign launched to stop Dundee drug deaths
The Cairn Centre’s Harm Reduction Service were also featured in the STV Documentary ‘Finding a Fix’ – STV Article
We have specific posters for Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross, Glasgow and Edinburgh. If you would like to request copies of the posters or more information about the campaign, please contact email@example.com or call 01382 200532.