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Manx Care shares advice after heroin overdoses

Two near-fatal incidents on Monday

Manx Care says support is available at the Drug and Alcohol Team for anyone wishing to access treatment services for heroin use.

An urgent appeal was issued this week after two near-fatal overdoses on Monday evening.

The health body says the key signs of a suspected overdose to look out for are:

• Pinpoint pupils

• Breathing problems – shallowed, slowed or stopped

• Gurgling, snoring or choking sounds as they breathe

• Changes in skin tone - pale and clammy

• Blue lips or fingernails

• Loss of consciousness

• Unresponsive to noise or touch

In the event of a suspected overdose, you're asked to please call emergency services via 999.
Manx Care's Drug and Alcohol Team can be accessed via self-referral on 617889 or by attending DAT, Reayrt Noa, Noble’s Hospital Site between 9am and 5pm. 

Alternatively, support can also be accessed through Motiv8 who can be contacted via Freephone on 08081 624627.

If you or someone you know is at risk of an opioid overdose, access to Naloxone (a life-saving medicine that temporarily reverses the effects of a heroin or other opioid overdose) is also available through DAT and partnership agency Motiv8.
The next Motiv8 drop-in being held where a kit can be issued is on Thursday, 18 April 11am - 3pm at Café Laare, Lord Street, Douglas. Thereafter, drop-ins are every week 12pm - 2pm at Motiv8, 90-92a Woodbourne Road, Douglas.

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