Scotland's National Naloxone Programme, which started in 2011, was associated with a 36% reduction in the proportion of opioid-related deaths that occurred in the 4 weeks following release from prison.
Following October's legislative changes around the availability of naloxone, Homeless Link have produced new guidance to help you integrate this potentially live saving intervention into your service.
Kate Halliday, SMMGP Programme Lead, discusses the recent legislation changes which make naloxone more readily available for those that need it.
The National Records of Scotland (NRS) have just released the annual Drug-Related Deaths report for 2014. The report provides statistics of drug-related deaths in 2014 and earlier years, broken down by age, sex, selected drugs reported, underlying cause of death and NHS Board and Council areas. The report states that there were 613 drug-related deaths were registered in Scotland.Read article
DDN Magazine listened to a lively lunchtime meeting of The Naloxone Action Group (NAG) at the RCGP conference, looking at barriers to naloxone distribution
Audio from a presentation on naloxone by Dr Sheila Bird
Naloxone is to be made more readily available next month. Public Health England’s Steve Taylor looks at how local services and commissioners can respond to this change in the law
The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland has risen to its highest level since records began. The National Records of Scotland report revealed 613 people died as a result of drugs in 2014. A director of a Church of Scotland social care group said the rise was "related" to government cuts.
Earlier this month, six Nottinghamshire residents died in the space of 36 hours after injecting what's suspected to be a super-strong batch of heroin. Chris Kenny, the county's director of public health, was quick to dub this a "public health emergency".