May 28, 2022

Naloxone’s national rollout came after successful tests in Dundee, Falkirk, Glasgow, Sterling and Catholics, where officers used the spray to counteract the effects of overdoses such as heroin.

During these tests, officers used the spray 62 times to provide the necessary first aid.

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Chief Constable Livingstone explained: “I know Scotland has an alarming number of drug-related deaths and the police are committed to playing their part in reducing the damage done to individuals, families and communities.

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“We have a key role to play in preventing drugs from reaching our streets and bringing to justice those involved in serious and organized crime, and this police will always be an important duty and priority for Scotland.

“Protecting lives, keeping people safe, is at the heart of policing. We have a purpose and that is beyond the law. We have a positive legal duty to improve the lives of our communities. Officers with Naloxon.” Equipping and training will contribute to this mission.

“Policing is often a first and last resort service. A first-line service; a service that responds to crisis and criticism. Can give effects.

“It is imperative that where an officer uses Naloxone to help people in a crisis, professional medical assistance should be provided by ambulance service colleagues and others,” he said.

“In addition, it is important that timely and sustainable support be available for the treatment of drug addicts.”

During the test, 808 Force officers were trained to use nasal sprays, with 656 officers (81%) volunteering to carry naloxone kits.

Work is underway to secure the Naloxone stockpile and a national program to train and equip more than 12,000 officers will be launched in the coming months.

The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland has risen steadily in recent years to 1,339 in 2020.

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