Naloxone

Take Home Naloxone in the UK

Naloxone (provided under the brand names Prenoxad and Nyxoid in the UK) is a medication used to reverse opioid overdose. Since 2015, this medication has been more widely available in the UK as a ‘take home’ emergency medication.

NALOXONE.ORG.UK

This website aims to be a hub for information, guidance, news and research on Take Home Naloxone (THN). The main focus is on THN in the UK, although we have included select pieces of information on the supply of naloxone internationally.

PHE Guidance

Updated 18 February 2019
Public Health England have released updated guidance on take home naloxone in the UK, entiled ‘Widening the Availability of Naloxone’. This can be found on the PHE website.
  • Drug services can supply naloxone without a prescription
  • Products that drug services can supply
  • Responsibility for deciding who can supply naloxone
  • People who can be supplied naloxone by a drug service
  • Using naloxone to save a person’s life without their permission
  • Clinical governance in drug treatment services
  • Guidance for hostels, homeless shelters and housing associations
  • Side effects associated with naloxone

Harm Reduction Database Wales: Take Home Naloxone 2015-16

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The supply of ‘Take Home Naloxone’ (THN) was initiated (pilot project) in 2009 as a harm reduction tool used to prevent fatal opioid poisonings, and has since been fully implemented across all health boards in Wales. This report provides data on the training and provision of THN kits from 49 registries across Wales recorded on the Harm Reduction Database Wales (HRD) during the period 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016.

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UK Overdose Awareness & Naloxone Poster Campaign

Launched: April 2021

There is a new overdose awareness and naloxone poster campaign launching this week in the UK that features the faces of real community naloxone carriers.

For obvious reasons we’d love to see some photographs of these billboards in the wild so we’re hoping that some of you can post photos to instagram. We’ll be keeping an eye of the #naloxone and #naloxoneposter tags, so if you post something expect our editor to reach out to you.

News/Updates

Librarians and bin men to be offered overdose training in Scots city amid drug deaths surge

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Librarians and bin workers could be given training in how to use potentially life-saving drug overdose antidote in a Scots city. Councillors in Aberdeen have approved the project to give more council workers training in using naloxone amid surging drug deaths across the country.

First of two NaloxBoxes installed in Jackson County

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A NaloxBox is a hard acrylic box mounted to an exterior wall with 24/7 access to naloxone. Kimberly Buck is a Narcan distributor for Overdose Lifeline, an Indiana nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals, families and communities affected by substance use disorder. She has been with the nonprofit since 2014 and was tasked with deciding where Jackson County’s two boxes would go and installing them as she receives them.

Why New 12-Step Members May Avoid Carrying Naloxone

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For new members of 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, naloxone can still seem like a symbol of drug use, according to new research. This can cause some people looking to kick drugs through these large abstinence-based fellowships to decline to carry the overdose-reversal drug, seeing it as a relic of a past life.

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