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Harm Reduction Database Wales: Take Home Naloxone 2015-16

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.

Key findings

  • Since 1st July 2009 10,552 THN kits have been issued to 4,851 unique individuals in Wales – this includes 5,918 kits to new individuals and 4,634 kits as re-supply following the use, loss, or expiry of previous kits.
  • A total of 3,186 THN kits were issued (supplied and re-supplied) in Wales during 2015-16 – an increase of over 14 per cent on the previous year.
  • During 2015-16, 1,058 new individuals were supplied with THN and 937 existing service users were resupplied.
  • During 2015-16 the use of THN was reported once for every nine individuals registered as a carrier of THN.

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