Keeping Safe

In 2020, National Records of Scotland figures show that there were 1,339 drug-related deaths in Scotland, an increase of 5% on 2019 and the highest figure on record. In Fife, there were 65 drug-related deaths, the majority of those involving an opiate or opioid (e.g. Dihydrocodeine, Fentanyl, Heroin, Morphine, Methadone, Tramadol).

Opioids slow down breathing and the heart rate. In high doses, opioids reduce the body’s natural urge to breathe. When someone's having an overdose, they can stop breathing and may die. Even if a person does not die from overdose, they can sustain brain damage.

Overdose: Know the signs - it could save a life

If you cannot get a response from someone, do not assume they are asleep.

Unusual or deep snoring is a common sign of overdose.

Do not let people at risk ‘sleep it off’.

Dial 999 for help and follow the instructions given to you by the operator.

Stay with the person until an ambulance arrives.

Such deaths can be avoided with the use of Naloxone.

Naloxone is a medication that temporarily reverses the effects of opioid overdose.

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For more information visit Stop The Deaths

Public Health Scotland and Simon Community Scotland have worked together to create an Emergency Overdose Response and Harm Reduction booklet and card.

The resources are for people who take drugs and their families and friends. It provides information on:

Contact We Are With You, our Specialist Harm Reduction Service on 0800 9179211 for information on injecting equipment, wound care, Naloxone etc. or any of our other services;

ADAPT 01592 321321

NHS Fife Addiction Services 01592 716446

Clued Up Project 01592 858248

DAPL 01333 422277

FIRST 01592 585960

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs 01592 382330

Or by visiting one of the following pharmacies:

TownLocationPhone numberOpening hours
Anstruther T and K Brown
31-32 Shore Street
01333 310322Mon to Fri -  9am to 6pm
Sat - 9am to 1pm
BallingryDears Pharmacy
12 Benarty Square
01592 868806Mon to Fri - 9am to 6pm
Sat - 9am to 1pm
High Street
01592 873725Mon to Fri - 8:30am to 5:30pm
Sat - 9am to 5:30pm
CowdenbeathBoots the Chemist
High Street
01383 514261Mon to Fri - 9am to 5.30pm
Sat - 9am to 5.30pm
 Gordons Chemist
20 Broad Street
01383 511515Mon to Fri - 9am to 5.30pm
Sat - 9am to 12:30pm
CuparRowlands Pharmacy
01334 654755Mon to Fri - 9am to 5.30pm
Sat - 9am to 1pm
DunfermlineDears Pharmacy
East Port
01383 723571Mon to Fri - 9am to 6.00pm
Sat - 9am to 5pm
 Lindsay & Gilmour
Alderston Drive
01383 622920Mon to Fri - 8.45am to 6pm
Sat - 8.45am to 5pm
 Well Pharmacy
Elliot Street
01383 732989Mon - 8.30am to 6pm
GlenrothesBoots the Chemist
Lyon Square
01592 758783Mon to Fri - 8.45am to 5:30pm
Sat - 8:30am to 5:30pm
Sun - 11:30am to 4:30pm
 Dears Pharmacy
Glamis Centre
01592 772797Mon to Fri - 9am to 6pm
Sat - 9am to 1pm
KeltyDears Pharmacy
Main Street
01383 830212Mon to Fri - 9am to 6pm
Sat - 9am to 1pm
19 Bishops Court
01333 350327Mon to Fri - 9am to 6pm
Sat - 9am to 1pm
KirkcaldyBoots the Chemist
High Street
01592 263781Mon to Sat - 8:30am to 5.30pm
Sun - 11am to 4pm
 Boots the Chemist
Fife Retail Park
01592 644139Mon to Fri - 9am to 8pm
Sat - 9am to 6pm            
Sun - 10am to 5.30pm
 Lloyds Pharmacy
Viceroy Street
01592 260925Mon to Fri - 9am to 5.30pm
Sat - 9am to 1pm
 St Clair Pharmacy
233 St Clair Street
01592 652209Mon to Fri - 9am to 5.30pm
Sat - 9am to 1pm
Leven  Boots the Chemist
High Street
01333 423002Mon to Fri - 9am to 5.30pm  
Sat - 9am to 5:30pm
345 Methilhaven Road
01333 423972Mon to Fri - 9am to 5:30pm
Sat - 9am to 12:30pm
LochgellyWell Pharmacy
Bank Street
01592 781073Mon to Fri - 8.45am to 5.45pm
Sat - 9am to 12:30pm
Methil  Your Local Boots Pharmacy
Ajax Way
01333 423276Mon to Fri - 8.30am to 6pm
Sat - 9am to 1pm
14 Wardlaw Way
01383 850349Mon to Fri - 8:30am to 6pm
Sat - 9am to 1pm
St AndrewsBoots the Chemist
Market Street
01334 474306Mon to Fri - 8.30am to 5.30pm
Sat - 8:30am to 5:30pm
Sun - 11am to 5pm