Science historian examines how an anti-overdose medication helped revolutionize America’s view of drug addiction

Campbell’s deeply researched book is driven by her desire to understand why it took so long for naloxone, and overdose prevention, to hit the mainstream. She discovered a group of varied protagonists — drug users, advocates, scientists and others — whose stories illustrate how naloxone, scientific progress and advocacy slowly shifted social attitudes. Over time, naloxone helped change society’s focus from preventing drug use to helping people reduce its negative consequences. This harm-reduction model has empowered the people most affected by opioids.

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Teaching Children How to Reverse an Overdose

In rural Carter County, Tenn., health officials have embraced a strategy for stemming addiction: Teaching children as young as 6 how to administer Narcan, a nasal spray that can stop an opioid overdose from being fatal.

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Expert issues three step plan to help tackle drugs deaths crisis ahead of crunch Glasgow summit

A lot of campaigning around drug-related deaths in Scotland is focusing on the need for safe consumption rooms. These should absolutely be introduced where there’s an obvious need – like in Glasgow or Dundee – but I fear they are being framed as a silver bullet that will solve this crisis in one clean shot. In reality, our response needs to be much broader.

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Heroin overdose-blocking Naloxone in all first aid kits

Health chiefs hope to provide heroin overdose-blocking drugs in all first aid kits in response to North Ayrshire’s drugs death crisis. Cabinet member for Health and Social Care Cllr Robert Foster said it is to be recommended that all first aid kits are updated to provide the life-saving drug in response to the high number of drug deaths.

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PSNI are considering equipping officers with naloxone

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are considering equipping frontline officers with the drug naloxone, which is used to reverse the effects of opiods. Police in Scotland the West Midlands have already adapted the technique as part of their toolkit.

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Back from the brink of death: reversing a heroin overdose

Anti-overdose drug naloxone has been in clinical use since the 1970s but not always where it’s needed most. The Guardian’s Jamie Grierson visited Redcar in North Yorkshire where a group of former drug users provide at-risk people with kits that could save their lives. (Guardian Podcast).

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