A FRONTLINE worker from Greenock who has helped save more than 2,000 lives across Scotland since setting up a new drugs project has won a national award.

Suzie Gallagher from Larkfield, who works with Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAAD), set up a click and deliver service for the overdose reversal medicine Naloxone from her own house in May last year.

Her work is now playing a vital role in the fight to reduce the alarming number of drug deaths both locally and across the country.

Suzie's initiative has been named 'Pioneering Project of the Year' from the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations at the Scottish Charity Awards and she is thrilled.

Suzie, who also played a crucial role in the community's grassroots Covid relief response effort, said: "This is hugely significant, to be recognised in this way.

"We are a small charity trying to make a big difference and it was incredible for us to win.

"I can't believe how the project has has taken off.

"We are sending out 60 to 70 lifesaving kits a week and the response locally has been amazing.

"Members of the public are coming forward and offering to carry these kits as they know that they could save someone's life.

"The Naloxone kit is something that loved ones can have there ready so that it can be used.

"We have postmen in Inverclyde, shops and other places carrying the kits so they can save lives."

Inverclyde has one of the country’s worst records on drug deaths and there is a growing push for changes in the law and a drive for more people and keyworkers like the police to carry Naloxone for emergency use.

From her home in Banff Road, Suzie has been determined to do her bit reverse the tragic rise in fatalities by promoting SFAAD, which works to plug gaps in statutory services.

She said: "The service is a major step forward as we try to reduce drug deaths.

"As a charity we have traditionally been there for families affected by drugs and alcohol but this is something very practical that we can do to prevent deaths."

In Inverclyde there were another 33 drug deaths last year, with the area having the third highest death rate in the country.

Alcohol-related mortality has also reached its highest level here for 10 years, with 32 people dying due to drink.