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One opioid user saving another: the first study of an opioid overdose-reversal and naloxone distribution program addressing hard-to-reach drug scenes in Denmark

Overdose education and naloxone distribution programs decrease opioid overdose deaths. However, no studies of such programs have been carried out in Denmark. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and the effect of a broader “training-the-trainers” model in low-threshold settings after participation in the “Danish Save Lives” [SL] program.


Reducing drug-related deaths remains a major challenge for public health policy globally and in Denmark. This study shows that countermeasures to opioid ODs require multidisciplinary responses, especially in high-risk settings, which are often difficult for paramedics to reach. An important future aim is to explore how prevention programs can be adapted to new user groups.

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