FIRST AID lessons are being held to help stem drug-related deaths in Kirklees.
Organisers said they wanted relatives, friends and drugs users themselves to come forward to learn how to cope if things go wrong.
Helena Walker, one of the organisers, said: "It is important that people attend these workshops, because we are teaching things like resuscitation after substance misuse and what to do in an emergency.
"It could literally mean the difference between life and death."
The sessions are being held in Huddersfield, Mirfield and Dewsbury by the Kirklees Drug Action Team.
Paramedics will give advice and also tackle issues such as safer injecting.
Similar sessions were held last year, after the number of people dying nationally through overdoses or drug-related illnesses almost doubled since 1993.
Ms Walker, drugs team assistant co-ordinator, said: "The three workshops last year were very successful and could, perhaps, have saved people's lives.
"We are urging people to come along - parents, friends, brothers and sisters of drug users, as well as the users themselves - to find out how to cope if things go horribly wrong."
The first of this year's sessions will be at the Huddersfield Methodist Mission on Lord Street at 1.30pm on Monday.
It will be followed the next week by another in the New Horizon Church, Swindon Road in Dewsbury town centre at 1.30pm on Monday, October 20.
Parents, carers and professionals are invited to the third workshop.
This will be at 6pm on Wednesday, October 22, in Northorpe Hall, Northorpe, Mirfield.
Any professionals wanting to attend should confirm a place by phoning the drugs action team on 01484 414934 because places are limited.