International Overdose Awareness Day

Monday 31st October, 2020

A Nalaxone training event was held in the Ballyfermot Civic Centre in honour of International Overdose Awareness Day. The training was provided by Uisce – an advocacy group for substance users. Organisation of the event was facilitated by Wayne Martin of Job Plan and Úna Rafferty, Community Development Officer with the Ballyfermot Chapelizod Partnership. Job Plan is a service for people working on personal development and job readiness while coping with substance misuse issues.

This valuable training was kindly provided to local service users by Lynne and Marie of UISCE and was also attended by staff from Ballyfermot Advance. Denis O’Driscoll, a key figure in promoting Naloxone and pharmacologist with the HSE, also kindly attended the event.

Lynne and Marie of Uisce (on either side of photo) with Wayne (2nd from right) Denis (3rd from left) and two trainees.

Naloxone is prescription medication used to reverse the effects of opioid drugs like heroin, morphine and methadone if someone overdoses – More information on Naloxone can be found here on

Uisce is an advocacy group for people who use drugs. More information on their work, including Naloxone training, can be found here.

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