31 August 2022 – International Overdose Awareness Day

Time To Remember To Act

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event that we proudly support by working towards preventing overdose, reducing stigma, raising awareness and providing support.

The message? Being overdose aware is more important than ever in the current climate.  Time to Remember, Time to Act

What is an Overdose?

An overdose means having more of a drug (or combination of drugs) than your body can cope with. There are a number of signs and symptoms that show someone has overdosed, and these differ with the type of drug used. All drugs can cause an overdose, including prescription medication prescribed by a doctor.

It is important to know the right amount and the right time to take your medication. It is also vital to know what drugs should not be mixed, and to seek help if you feel you are not in control of your drug use.

How Catalyst help:

Catalyst provide support to people, families and loved ones affected by substance misuse and overdose. We provide the following services in Surrey.

  • As a charity we also provide up to 12 weeks of free Reach Out counselling for those affected by substance use and provide group support for families and friends affected.
  • We partner with HOST (Homeless Outreach Support Team) and outreach to the homeless community in Guildford and Woking – identifying those with substance use and working to engage them into services.
  • We work with the victims of cuckooing – working to prevent drug dealers taking over homes of vulnerable individuals in order to use it as a base for drug trafficking.
  • We help support people with their mental health and wellbeing through our Community Connections service.
  • We provide drug and alcohol support as part of a Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service

All our services work with people in a welcoming and non-judgemental environment, helping to reduce harm in our community and making a difference to peoples’ lives.

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