Local MP supports Gowrie Care’s campaign to tackle drug deaths in Dundee

(from left) Danny Kelly, harm reduction team manager; Ingrid Hainey, area manager; Stewart Hosie MP; Christina Hutton, harm reduction worker and Fiona Holt, senior harm reduction worker

Stewart Hosie MP visited Gowrie Care’s harm reduction service in Dundee to find out more about the charity’s overdose awareness campaign.

ODnotMe aims to combat drug-related fatalities in the city by breaking down stigma surrounding drug overdose and dispelling the myths associated with it.

Gowrie Care’s area manager, Ingrid Hainey, said: “Dundee has the highest number of drug-related deaths in the UK. It was recently reported that three people in Tayside and Fife die every week from drug misuse.

“To tackle the problem our harm reduction team aims to reduce the number of deaths by training people in the use and distribution of Naloxone, an overdose reversal medication.

“The team facilitates regular support groups in an effort to help people through recovery and minimise further drug misuse.”

Stewart Hosie MP said: “The drug death statistics that were recently released are incredibly alarming. Dundee has come a long way in recent times and I believe everyone here can be proud of the massive regeneration that has taken place.

“That regeneration needs to work for everyone therefore I am glad that third sector organisations, as well as the Scottish Government and Dundee City Council, are taking firm action to ensure Dundee’s transformation works for everyone.

“I am delighted to be meeting with Gowrie Care to discuss their new campaign. I look forward to working with them now and in the future to eradicate the plight of drug deaths.”

A client of the harm reduction service added: “I’m glad I can go to the Cairn Centre to get a Naloxone kit so easily as it has saved the lives of lots of my friends. I have even saved my girlfriend’s life.”

Naloxone kits are available from Gowrie Care’s office at the Cairn Centre, 12 Rattray Street, Dundee. Posters promoting the campaign are also available to collect for display.

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