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Scheme to prevent drug overdose deaths

Naloxone available for those in care

A new scheme is aiming to reduce drug related deaths.

Patients who are dependent on the likes of heroin, methadone and morphine - and already under the care of the Island's Mental Health Service - can benefit.

Addicts and those close to them are being trained to administer Naloxone which reverses the life-threatening effects of opiods such as breathing difficulties.

Doctor Kirsten Wafer from the Drug and Alcohol Team denies the programme provides a comfort blanket to users - results show quite the opposite:-