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The Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD) charity has benefited from AlphaBiolabs’ Giving Back campaign, with our latest donation helping to deliver lifesaving Naloxone kits through SFAD’s click and deliver service.

Drug use remains a critical issue in Scotland. Over the last ten years, nearly 10,000 families in Scotland lost a loved one through drug-related death.

Naloxone is a life-saving medication that reverses opioid overdose, providing vital time to call an ambulance, and is one of the tools SFAD can use to help reduce the number of drug-related deaths.

In 2020 the law around distributing Naloxone changed, meaning they could become distributors of this life-saving medication and working in partnership with Scottish Drugs Forum, their Click and Deliver service was launched in May 2020, providing training and free Naloxone by post to any adult in Scotland.

Click and Deliver makes it easy for anyone to request a kit and carry Naloxone. As a result, SFAD has seen a huge increase in the number of people in the community coming forward to carry a kit such as café owners, taxi drivers and security guards.

This helps to reduce the stigma of overdose and helps to reach more people who need it.

To date the charity has delivered nearly 4000 kits in Scotland. Every kit delivered can potentially save a life. In October 2021, SFAD won the Pioneering Project Award at the Scottish Charity Awards in recognition of their Click and Deliver service and their steps to save lives in Scotland.

Suzie Gallagher, Helpline Development Officer at SFAD says: “It’s been a tough year for everybody. When looking at our statistics and the impact our Naloxone supply has had, we are proud of our one-of-a-kind service for Scotland. Our service has been provided by one staff member on top of their busy day-to-day job managing our National Helpline.

“We are asked how did we set up such an accessible service? The simple answer is we worked in partnership with Scottish Drugs Forum who provided guidance and sourced Naloxone kits for us. With the addition of our online form and commitment from the team member managing the service, it was seamless. It really is that simple. The more complicated you make it, the more barriers you are putting in place for people to access a lifesaving intervention.”

You can learn more about Naloxone on SFAD’s website.

AlphaBiolabs donates £5 to four charities, including SFAD, for every legal instruction received from family law firms and local authorities. The Giving Back campaign has already raised £19,000 in its first six months.

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