Drugs Harm Reduction Week
7-11 June 2010
The partnership supported ‘Peterborough Drugs Harm
Reduction Week – Overdose’. A series of events and activities
delivered overdose awareness and other harm reduction messages to
drug users across the city.
Staff from organisations behind the awareness drive
wore red t-shirts that displayed overdose awareness messages in a
united effort to support users who ‘dropped-in’ for help and for
clients who attended appointments.
Local services including staff (pictured) from the Drug
Interventions Programme (DIP) and Peterborough Drugs Service took
part, along with their colleagues in HMP Peterborough and
Cambridgeshire Constabulary. Members of Peterborough’s drug service
user group (SUGA) also wore the t-shirts and information on
services and harm reduction was provided at St. Theresa’s Homeless
Daycentre, the Salvation Army and the Dawn Project.
Other activities during the week included providing information
on overdose, distributing information to families of drug users,
playing DVDs with harm reduction messages, encouraging drug users
to access treatment services and giving resuscitation training.
The week resulted in more than 200 individuals receiving
overdose prevention advice and 90 inmates at the prison were given
overdose information and resuscitation training.