Naloxone Test of Change update on International Overdose Awareness Day

The test of change for the nasal spray – which is used as an emergency first aid response to suspected opioid or opiate-related drug overdoses – is the largest of its kind in UK policing, and has attracted significant interest from forces both in the UK and around the world. Nearly 800 officers have now completed training to use the intra-nasal spray devices, with 81 per cent volunteering to carry the kits during the trial period.

Marking International Overdose Awareness Day 2021

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the International Overdose Awareness Day campaign, started in 2001 by The Salvation Army in Melbourne, Australia. This day is an opportunity to remember loved ones lost to overdose, emphasising that the tragedy of an overdose death lies in its preventability.

Proposal to give more nurses right to hand out overdose-reversal medicine

The government wants to give more nurses access to a life-saving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, in a bid to curb spiralling numbers of drug-related deaths. A consultation has been launched to amend current regulations in order to allow a wider group of professionals to hold naloxone and give it out to individuals to keep in the event of a future overdose.

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Six ways to tackle Scotland’s drugs crisis

Almost two-thirds of ambulance crews – who have been using Naloxone for many years – are now also able to distribute it to people who might need it, with the remainder due to be trained by the end of this year. Police Scotland has also run a pilot project for its officers to carry Naloxone while on patrol.

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Make It Stick

Despite all the good work that’s been done over the last couple of decades to fight the battle for naloxone and tackle the associated stigma, one key fact remains. As Judith Yates told DDN last month, ‘You need to have it with you’.

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