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Originator: National Patient Safety Alert - Public Health England

Issue date: 18-Aug-2021 12:39:02

This alert has been issued to:
  • Care Trusts
  • Mental Health Trusts
  • Specialists Trusts
  • NHS Regional Offices
  • Learning Disabilities Trusts
  • Mental Health & Social Care Trusts
  • Ambulance Trusts
  • Mental Health & Learning Disabilities Trusts
  • Acute Trusts
  • Community Trusts

  • Other contacts
  • Independent Healthcare Providers (registered with CAS)
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Social Care Providers (registered with CAS)
  • Special Health Authorities
  • CMO Urgent Messages - Non-NHS Recipients on Public Health Link
  • Territorial CMOs in Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales
  • Regional Directors of Public Health
  • CMO Urgent Messages - Recipients on Public Health Link
  • Director of Public Health
  • GP - Locum
  • NHS 111 and Out of hours providers
  • GP Practices
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Primary Care Networks
  • GP Practices 1

Action category: Action

Title: Potent synthetic opioids implicated in increase in drug overdoses

Broadcast content:

In the past 10-14 days there have been an unprecedented number of overdoses (with some deaths) in people who use drugs, primarily heroin, in some parts of the country (5 London boroughs, Hampshire, Essex, West Sussex, Dorset, Thames Valley).

This alert contains urgent actions for providers where staff may encounter people who use drugs and those providers that provide emergency care for opioid overdose.

Directors of Public Health are asked to cascade this to commissioners and providers of drug treatment and prevention services and other relevant services that have, or may have, contact with drug users including: sexual health services; youth services; hostels; relevant information networks; and service users groups

Additional information: NHS England and NHS Improvement Regional Offices: please cascade this alert to Community Pharmacy.

Alert reference: NatPSA/2021/007/PHE

Action underway deadline: 20-Aug-2021

Action complete deadline: 20-Aug-2021


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