Edinburgh street volunteers rush to aid of man suffering drug overdose

Hero Edinburgh street assist volunteers saved a man’s life while working over the weekend after he overdosed on drugs. The team helped 17 individuals while out on Saturday June 11, this included rushing to the aid of a man unconscious due to taking an overdose of unknown drugs. Quick thinking cops called the street assist team who carry Nalaxone a drug that can be carried and administered to reverse the affects of a drug overdose and save lives.

READ MORE: Major Edinburgh city centre road closed to traffic due to serious car accident The hero team managed to administer the drug in time so the ambulance could arrive saving the individual’s life. The team said: “In one incident, we were called by Edinburgh Police to male who’d taken an overdose of unknown drugs.

“We issued Naloxone and he was then taken to Royal Infirmary by the Scottish Ambulance Service.” The team of 140 volunteers regularly come to the aid of those who have become injured or intoxicated in the capital. Sign up for Edinburgh Live newsletters for more headlines straight to your inbox

Recently Edinburgh Live reported that cabbies in the capital were to start carrying the life saving drug after being trained to use it by the Scottish Ambulance Service in a joint initiative.

Recognising the signs and symptoms of overdoses and the administration of naloxone can mean the difference between life and death.

Naloxone is vital in reversing the life threatening effects of opioid overdose and can buy precious time while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

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