We wish a happy and healthy Ramadan to all observing over the next 30 days.
We wanted to take this opportunity to share some important information on substance use and harm reduction during Ramadan.
Methadone and buprenorphine
For many people, these are considered medications and need not be abstained from during Ramadan, even if that means taking your dose during fasting hours. Clients can speak to our keyworkers for more guidance.
Stopping suddenly will cause withdrawals, but heroin withdrawal is rarely life threatening. Ramadan is a great opportunity for someone to get into treatment to stop using, like changing to a different method of administration.
Someone using as normal but also fasting will become more sedated/nauseated. There is a higher risk of overdose, so please carry naloxone (Which can be picked up by anyone for free at our Dellow Centre Reception).
Alcohol and Benzodiazepines
If someone is dependent on alcohol or benzodiazepines (e.g Xanax), stopping suddenly will put them into withdrawal which can be life threatening. Because of this risk, we encourage a safe reduction in intake during Ramadan.
Anybody fasting is encouraged to speak to staff at the Dellow Centre to help create a safe substance-reduction plan.
For more information on harm reduction during Ramadan please email [email protected]