SMMGP Interim Chief Executive Kate Halliday said:
This news is devastating especially as many of these deaths are preventable. A joined up public health approach is needed to reverse this tragedy which should include increasing the provision of naloxone, provision of drug consumption rooms, and easy access to evidence-based treatment.
Collective Voice and the NHS Substance Misuse Provider Alliance have produced excellent guidance on improving aspects of clinical practice. It is difficult to see how these initiatives can be fully realised without full government support including addressing the ongoing cuts to services.