UK Law

Posted in Law/Policy

2015 Update

UK law around naloxone changed on 1st October 2015, the main change is that now any worker in a commissioned drug service can now distribute naloxone without prescription . 

PHE

You can see details of the changes in 'The Human Medicines (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2015' and it's supporting documents.

Public Health England have produced a helpful slideset that explains the changes in the law and how they impact drug services.

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Scottish law

Lord Advocate's Guidance

One issue identified in Scotland was sometimes people who use drugs would overdose on or around drugs services, housing and homelessness services including hostel accommodation and day centres. Tragically, there have been many deaths over the years because of this.

Because naloxone is a POM it couldn't be supplied directly to these services or staff. To overcome this problem the National Forum on Drugs Related Death (the independent expert group that advises the Scottish Government) asked The Lord Advocate in Scotland (the most senior legal official in the country) to provide a 'letter of comfort', granting immunity from prosecution for suppliers (nurses, pharmacists etc) who make supplies to staff working in these services.

Veiw Letter