BASICS Scotland Podcast

Mary Munro - Drug harm reduction and the naloxone - take home project

September 13, 2021

Mary chats to us about the interface between the emergency 999 services and the day to day problems associated with drugs and addiction 


Top 3 tips 

1) By understanding why someone may use substances, the importance of our use  of language and knowledge of what services are available to support we can  help people into a journey of recovery and stop preventable drug related   deaths. 

2) Harm Reduction is not about encouraging drug use, but allows people to use  drugs in a safer way.  

3) Take Home Naloxone saves life’s, you can’t recover if your dead! By carrying  and providing a THN kit, we can keep people alive, create connections and help  people to treatment and support services to help them into a journey or recovery. 



Mary Munro is the clinical effectiveness lead for drug harm reduction in the North of Scotland, for the Scottish Ambulance Service.  Mary came to the Scottish Ambulance Service with experience in various substance use settings including: research, education, third sector and clinical inpatient and community nursing roles. People who use substances can often be seen and treated by society and health services as “less than” human, and we all have a part to play in changing these attitudes and cultures. 


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