Take-home naloxone can save lives — an overview of programmes

Many people overdose in the presence of their partners or peers. Empowering friends, family and other bystanders to act effectively, before emergency services arrive at the scene, can therefore save lives. Overdose prevention programmes, combining first aid training with the provision of the overdose-reversal drug naloxone, were piloted in Europe in the late 1990s. Now available at local or national level in 12 European countries, these take-home naloxone (THN) programmes are targeted at-risk opioid users and those likely to witness an overdose.

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P2P Naloxone with Mat Southwell

Peer to Peer Naloxone is a decentralised distribution mechanism designed by EuroNPUD for supporting people who use opiates. Mat Southwell is a veteran harm reductionist working on the frontlines for providing peer-led services to people who use drugs in the UK. Mat is a Project Coordinator at EuroNPUD.

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How to identify and respond to an opioid overdose

Rosie Gilliver from Kirketon Road Centre presented at the 2020 NDARC Webinar Series on Thursday, 16 July 2020. This seminar provides information on how to identify and respond to an opioid overdose, as well as how to administer Nyxoid Naloxone nasal spray in the event of overdose.

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(Scotland) Lord Advocate gives reassurance that naloxone supply can expand

On Sunday at a media briefing in Edinburgh, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman announced that “the Lord Advocate has confirmed that – for the duration of this crisis – it would not be in the public interest to prosecute any individual – working for a service registered with the Scottish Government – who supplies naloxone in an emergency, to save a life”. This development aims to increase the distribution of naloxone kits by relaxing the rules around who can supply the life-saving medication. It remains the case that anyone can legally administer naloxone, to anyone, for the purpose of responding to a suspected opiate-related overdose.

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Brand new naloxone window stickers will be popping up across Scotland any day now!

The window clings with the well-known ‘save someone’ logo will be provided to local naloxone leads who will distribute to services in their health board area that have naloxone available for use in an emergency. Most of these services will have naloxone available to take home as well. The ‘save someone’ logo was established in 2012 and has been used by colleagues and agencies internationally to promote the life-saving medication.

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