Should drug users and their families be trained in basic resuscitation methods?

Should drug users and their families be trained in basic resuscitation methods, and be allowed to administer interim emergency naloxone to prevent overdose deaths whilst awaiting emergency medical help? If so why are the drug regulators so resistant to implementing these obvious harm reduction measures?

Professor John Strang, Director of National Addiction Centre, with over 25 years experience as a clinician, researcher and formulator of policy, presents a talk on these controversial issues in his lecture as part of the University of Hertfordshire’s Healthcare Forum Series.

Professor Strang will also discuss why those involved with the misuse of drugs are ten times more likely to die than non-drug users of the same age. This excess mortality is mostly a result of overdose deaths of which the vast majority are accidental.

The lecture will be held in the Lindop Building, College Lane campus, University of Hertfordshire on Wednesday 9 June. It will commence at 7.00pm and be preceded by a light buffet supper at 6.30pm. There is a £5.00 charge per person for the event.

For further information please contact Julie Huckle at the University of Hertfordshire on 01707 284004 or email [email protected] ,


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