At the end of August 2018 there was International Overdose Awareness Day. There were events across Inclusion and given the rising numbers of drug related deaths across the country it was really important to make sure that the basic harm reduction message was shared as widely as possible.
See Howard King’s (Managing Director for Specialist Services Group at Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) message to Inclusion staff “We talk a lot about recovery but our first job should always be to keep people safe. It is why we run needle exchange schemes, it is why we have led the way in naloxone distribution and it is why we are working hard to help reduce infection rates for BBVs. To achieve recovery people need to be safe first and this applies to both IAPT and mental health services. Safety is the core of what we do and we should make sure we never lose sight of this.”