Harm reduction services do not promote drug use, but can minimise harm to individuals who are misusing drugs until they reach a point where they can give up their use.
In Scotland harm reduction services aim to reduce the high levels of drug-related deaths and the spread of blood borne viruses.
Harm reduction services provide:
The Scottish Drug Services Directory lists needle exchange and harm reduction services.
Overdose is taking so much of a drug or combination of drugs that the body can’t handle it. It is what many family members fear most.
Naloxone is an opiate (heroin and methadone) antidote which can temporarily reverse the effects of an opiate overdose. Naloxone provides more time for an ambulance to arrive and professional treatment to be administered.
Young people can benefit from credible information about drugs that helps them make informed choices. The Know the Score website has useful information for young people.