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Outrage as cops seize life-saving drug to help stop man ‘overdosing’ in Glasgow


A video showing a Police Scotland officer confiscate life-saving drug Naloxone while a man nearby reportedly suffered an overdose has sparked outrage on Twitter.

The footage shows cops refusing to let a well-known safe consumption campaigner administer the treatment to a man who fell ill in Glasgow city centre on Saturday night.

As the man lay unresponsive on the ground in the street, police were shown on camera blocking another man from giving him the medicine that rapidly treats an overdose by reversing and blocking the effects of other opioids.

A recent campaign by the Scottish Government encourages the public to order freely available Naloxone and learn how to administer it to someone after an overdose.

The clip, filmed by campaigner Peter Mcdade, has now raised concerns over a lack of Police Scotland training on the treatment.

In the footage Mcdade is heard saying to one officer: “Tell me what is the reason you have stopped me from giving Naloxone?”

It has recently been the subject of a campaign by the Scottish Government, including posters and television adverts featuring actor

The officer is then shown to respond: “I have no idea who you are.

“If you do something that kills him, then I’m responsible for that.”

McDade then replies: “It’s not going to kill him”, before the cop responds: “How do I know that?”

McDade then says: “If you were trained, you would know that.”

The officer then says: “You need to go away now. There are trained medical experts coming to deal with this guy and they will ensure his welfare.”

Sharing the footage on Twitter, McDade said: “Police Scotland confiscated my Naloxone. Guy wasn’t responding.

“Police had a phoned ambulance but didn’t appear to understand what Naloxone is and how most overdose deaths are from poly substance use.

“Luckily the guy is in an ambulance now.”

The video was slammed by Labour MSP Paul Sweeney who claims police need ‘urgent’ training as Naloxone ‘should be treated the same as an inhaler or epipen’.

He said: “This is an issue requiring urgent remedial training across Police Scotland.

“Naloxone should be treated the same as an inhaler or epipen. It is perfectly legal to carry and no-one should be harassed for doing so, especially when trying to aid someone suffering a suspected overdose.”

Scots drug campaigner Peter Krykant also reacted to the footage saying: “I’ve witnessed Peter (Mcdade) administer naloxone multiple times, saving multiple lives.

“A very distressing video and this needs to be fixed now, Police Scotland.

“Confiscating life-saving Naloxone – a life could have been lost by this action.”

The video has raked in over 40k views on Twitter with many with stunned viewers quick to share their thoughts.

Edinburgh Napier professor Dr Liz Aston said: “So sorry to see you had to go through this, Peter, whilst trying to administer Naloxone to reverse overdose.

“Amongst other things, this highlights the clear need for awareness raising and training on drug use, overdose and Naloxone in policing.”

Social media user Claire Muir said : “Unbelievable. This shouldn’t be needed, but do we need some sort of universally recognised card or proof to show that people are trained in giving Naloxone?

“Absolutely shocking during a drug death crisis that this sort of thing is happening.”

Jess Alice said: “Still trying to process this.

“To be a police officer in Glasgow and seem to have no knowledge of Naloxone or what it’s for, then to arrogantly obstruct it being administered – I have no words.”

A police spokesperson said: “Officers have a duty of care to the public and assisted someone in need of medical treatment in Glasgow city centre on Saturday, 25 September, before passing them over to the ambulance service.

“Officers are quite often the first emergency service on the scene and therefore have regular emergency life-saving first aid training so that they are able to assess a situation and make the most appropriate decision for a casualty.”




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