Following two recent deaths which are thought to be drug related, NHS Borders, are reminding people of the health risks associated with substance consumption.
The health board have joined with forces with Lothian and Borders and Scottish Borders Council to highlight the dangers of taking both illegal drugs and overdosing on or abusing prescribed medication.
Dr Eric Baijal, Joint Director of Public Health for NHS Borders and SBC and Chair of the Borders Alcohol and Drugs Partnership,commented: “Medication, which, if taken by anyone other than the prescribed user, or when mixed and consumed with a variety of other substances such as illicit drugs and/or alcohol can have serious even fatal consequences.
“For that reason prescription medication should never be taken in any manner other than as directed by a medical professional.”
At the time of going to press police in the region said they were still investigating the precise cause of the two deaths last month with a spokesperson commenting: “Police in the Scottish Borders are investigating following the deaths of a 22 year old male and a 26 year old female in the Selkirk area between Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26.
“The cause of the deaths are unknown pending examinations and reports have been sent to the Procurator Fiscal”
There are a number of Borders organisations who try and help people affected by substance abuse tackle their problems. If you would like contact NHS Borders Addiction Service on 01896 664430 or Big River Project on 01896 759749.