Homeless to get life-saving drug as health chiefs bid to tackle number of deaths from overdoses

Hellesdon Hospital, the headquarters of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust - which runs the No

Hellesdon Hospital, the headquarters of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust - which runs the Norfolk Recovery Partnership together with two other organisations. - Credit: Archant � 2012

Homeless people who use opiates are now getting better access to a potentially life-saving antidote thanks to a partnership which aims to help reduce the number of people dying from overdoses.

Norfolk Recovery Partnership (NRP) is working with homeless hostels across Norfolk to train staff to administer Naloxone, which is used when people have taken heroin and other opiate overdoses.

It is hoped that by providing hostels with a take-home kit, as well as the right training on how to use it, the number of people who die prematurely as a result of an overdose will reduce.

Sarah Rhoades, recovery manager with NRP, said: 'Many of the people we work with can be chaotic and may also have mental health issues, so it is really important that we can make it as easy as possible for them to access any help.' The NRP is a partnership between Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, The Matthew Project, and the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust.

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