Players and staff train in community overdose prevention

Players and staff at Kilmarnock Football Club are to play their part in tackling the drugs deaths crisis by undertaking training in vital, life-saving overdose prevention.

In partnership with Recovery Enterprises, Killie staff will learn how to administer Naloxone, an intramuscular injection used to prevent death by overdose, as part of the club’s commitment to supporting the fight against the drugs deaths crisis.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran recorded at least 100 drug-related deaths in 2021. Approximately 90% of drug-related deaths in Ayrshire involve an opioid, which can be prevented by use of Naloxone.

Naloxone is estimated to have saved more than 51 lives in communities. However, many saves go unreported, and it is likely that the number saved is much higher.

Kilmarnock Community Sports Trust are working in partnership with Recovery Enterprises Scotland to raise awareness of their services, and to provide health and wellbeing support for local people in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.

If you are interested in taking part or volunteering, please email Deborah MacGillivray at