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National Naloxone Programme Scotland: Monitoring Report 2017/18

Since the beginning of the National Naloxone Programme, the Scottish Government has commissioned Information Services Division (ISD) to report on THN kit distribution using monitoring data supplied by NHS Boards. This report presents information on the number of THN kits issued from 2011/12 to 2017/18. Data are presented separately for kits issued from community outlets, kits issued in prisons at the point of prisoner release and kits dispensed via community prescription. The number and percentage of opioid-related deaths that occurred within four or twelve weeks of prison release or hospital discharge are also presented.

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Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management

Often called the Orange Book, this is guidance for clinicians treating people with drug problems. These guidelines are intended primarily for clinicians providing drug treatment for people who misuse or are dependent on drugs. Clinicians in this context are psychiatrists and other doctors, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, keyworkers and other workers providing drug treatment, as well as health and social care professionals who provide limited periods of support for the treatment of drug misuse and dependence (such as during hospitalisations). The guidelines will also be useful to those commissioning drug treatment and to those considering or undergoing drug treatment, their family, friends and carers.

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Health matters: preventing drug misuse deaths

This professional resource from Public Health England (PHE) outlines how providers and commissioners can prevent deaths from drug abuse. This includes costings of drug abuse, statistics and advice on solutions that can be provided, including wider provision of take home naloxone.

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Rethinking overdose intervention

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In 2011, fatal drug overdoses in the UK (3,338) exceeded the number of road accident deaths (1,960). These deaths are preventable. Jamie joins us to talk about how rethinking both product design and service design have the potential to save lives in the administration of overdose medication. Naloxone was developed in the 1960s to counter the effects of heroin overdose. It’s a staple part of ambulance crew kits, but those who need it face barriers to the drug at the point at which it could save their lives.

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