Another Scottish attempt to reduce drug deaths goes unmentioned

Story Feeder: Brain McGowan:

Not on Reporting Scotland Down but here on The Tusker, from NHSGGC:

Following the success of Glasgow’s only Injection Equipment Provision (IEP) van, funding has been granted for an additional mobile unit to help tackle the city’s drug crisis by providing crucial healthcare and harm reduction services.

The van, funded by the Scottish Drug Deaths Taskforce will act as a key touchpoint for people who use drugs to engage with the health service within Glasgow HSCP. Primarily providing injecting equipment to minimise the transfer of blood-borne viruses (BBV) and maximise harm reduction, it will also carry out BBV testing in the community to help tackle the HIV epidemic in Glasgow.

Joining the current IEP van, the new unit will also distribute life-saving naloxone, and act as a key referral service to help people who wouldn’t normally engage with the health service, access the right treatment.

The van will be able to travel to different areas of the city to make it as easy as possible to engage with difficult to reach communities.

It’s hoped the IEP unit will be operational within the next six months, and in the meantime the current van, which has proven to be a vital lifeline for many, will continue its operations in the city centre.

Currently staffed by Turning Point Scotland, it operates every evening and at the weekends. Over 49 consecutive nights throughout the pandemic, staff provided an immediate response for 155 individuals, dispensed more than 10,000 needles and sheets of foil, supplied 162 individuals with naloxone and administered naloxone on three occasions to reverse potentially fatal drug overdoses.

Earlier stories covered here but not there:

6 thoughts on “Another Scottish attempt to reduce drug deaths goes unmentioned”

  1. As part of the Tory’s Strivers and Skivers narrative,drug addiction falls into the latter category.
    The reality is that it is a health issue whose roots are in the deprivation forced upon working people by the infantile bigoted political policies emanating from Westminster.
    There will always be a minortity of people who fall into drug addiction but not on the scale we have seen in Scotland for some time.

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  2. Daily Mail or Daily Express headline including quote from unnamed Tory MSP Wannie Nells: “Heroin on the NHS; van delivers it to junkies’ doors” Quote: I am from a working class background, but we worked hard and had the determination not to get involved like the ‘never-works’ next door.

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  3. Drugs, people don’t accudently become addicts. Drugs are taken into communities, who are the pushers? Those for whom it benefits politically. Glasgow, tragic that so many lives have been ruined by drugs, elsewhere in Scotland as well. Scotland’s coast is not policed, a reserved power to the UK Gov in Eng, so it’s pretty much a free for all bringing in drugs to Scotland. It will take many more years to get this terrible legacy of the union reversed.


  4. Excellent news: I work with former addicts in long term care and things like this can make a big difference.
    I’m wondering though, do you have substitution programmes as well? those seem to be the main focus here.

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