A charity has trained 500 people across Coventry and Warwickshire in how to prevent heroin overdoses.
The Recovery Partnership, a substance misuse service delivered by Addaction, has trained 509 people in how to dispense the opioid antidote Naloxone since November 2013.
619 kits were dispensed during the same period, and an average of nearly one kit has been used every month.
“Naloxone has now become an integral part of our service delivery,” said Steve Bliss, needle exchange coordinator at The Recovery Partnership in Coventry.
“That’s not just the life-saving attributes of the drug itself, but the entire overdose training package we deliver to our service users as well as their carers, family members and appropriate others.
“Since we started our Naloxone programme we have had service users insisting they have Naloxone training.
“Police officers and outreach workers from other services are bringing people into treatment for Naloxone.
“This tells us that our service users and partners are also talking about Naloxone and how important this intervention is,” he added.