Members of the Durham Drug and Alcohol Service have been involved in delivering pioneering Naloxone training to custody officers from the Durham Constabulary.
Naloxone is a powerful opioid reversal drug which can reverse the effects of an overdose within seconds – and can even save lives. Although it is typically administered by paramedics and other members of the emergency services, this is the first time that custody officers have been trained to used the drug and reverse potential overdoses of detainees in their care.
Led by Spectrum and our partners Humankind, the training allowed police officers to learn about the key signs of an opioid overdose and administer help before emergency services arrive. To practice injecting the drug into a muscle, officers injected fruit (pictured) during the training session. Ron Hogg, the Police and Crime Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington, praised the training and one officer told ITV news: “We’ve now got the confidence to put the kit together and inject it so that you can hopefully save a life”.