Drugs fight saving hundreds of lives
HUNDREDS of lives have been potentially saved in the fight against drug and alcohol abuse.
The Welsh Government's Substance Misuse Annual Report gives an update on actions being undertaken nationally, regionally and locally.
As well as a 10 per cent fall in drug misuse related deaths in Wales in 2011, many more deaths were potentially prevented by the Take Home Naloxone Scheme, which was extended during the year to cover the whole of Wales.
The scheme, which provides drug users with a kit containing emergency medication to reverse the effects of an overdose, dispensed 1460 kits during the year with 117 of these used.
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Other developments over the year include capital support for 52 projects across Wales, the expansion of the DAN 24/7 drug and alcohol helpline, a Change4Life campaign targeted at high risk drinkers who see their drinking habits as harmless.
Health Minister Lesley Griffiths welcomed the report, but called for renewed efforts too.