Councils in St Helens drugs push

Merseyside Drugs Council, in association with the St Helens Council Drug Action Team, has launched a campaign in an attempt to cut the number of drug-related deaths in the region.

A Merseyside Drugs Council spokesman said: ‘Nationally and locally, the number of drug-related deaths has risen in the past year. Now drug service providers in St Helens are actively addressing the problem with interventions.’

The bodies will operate Overdose Awareness Days up to four times a year as part of an ongoing campaign.

Drug addicts who inject will be taught by St John’s Ambulance staff about the risk of overdose and what to do if someone overdoses, as well as basic first aid such as how to put someone in the recovery position.

Councillor and executive member for community safety Mike Doyle said: ‘While it is important that we continue to alert the community about the dangers of the use of drugs, it is equally important that we work with drug users on how to deal with emergencies to help prevent loss of life.’

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