Eight drug over­dose deaths in 2015

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Eight peo­ple died from drug over­doses last year, Health Min­is­ter Chris Fearne said yes­ter­day in re­ply to a par­lia­men­tary ques­tion from PN MP Clau­dio Grech.

Mr Fearne said up­dated fig­ures for 2016 were not yet avail­able be­cause tox­i­col­ogy tests took a long time to be com­pleted.

In re­ply to an­other PQ, the Health Min­is­ter said 783,309 syringes were given out by the NHS in the pe­riod be­tween Jan­uary and Oc­to­ber 2016.

Syringes are given to di­a­bet­ics and peo­ple who suf­fer from other med­i­cal con­di­tions as well as to peo­ple who have a drug prob­lem.

Mr Fearne also said that the Health Depart­ment has started sup­ply­ing sharp con­tain­ers to the health cen­tres for the safe dis­posal of used nee­dles.

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