Release have developed best practice guidance for the provision of naloxone. Building on the findings from Release’s research on naloxone in England, Release hosted the Naloxone Steering Group 2019 in April 2019, in partnership with the National Addiction Centre at King’s College London. The objective of the steering group was to get key stakeholders together for a day to discuss some of the main aspects of naloxone provision in the UK and to produce guidelines on the provision of naloxone for people who might experience or witness an opioid overdose.
‘Staying Alive in Scotland’– approved by Scottish Government and developed in consultation with Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs) and other stakeholders – links directly to the Government’s alcohol and drugs strategy, ‘Rights, Respect and Recovery’ and the subsequent action plan.The easy-to-use toolkit lays out the evidence-based measures that will help to reduce drug-related deaths. It will also be useful for commissioners, planners and managers in stakeholder organisations to self-audit current provision and practice, and to work jointly to improve these.
If someone you care about just survived an overdose, you’re probably looking for what to do next to help the person and yourself. The person may be your child, partner, parent, friend, or co-worker, and your relationship may be intense and involved or more limited. You might feel terrified, angry, relieved, helpless, grateful, defeated, all of those, or some other combination of feelings. You may have just discovered that they use opioids; you may have known for a long time and have been through this before; or you may use with the person and know a lot about their use. You may have been the one to rescue them from overdose.
Best practice guidance on Take Home Naloxone (THN) for prison leavers from the Forward Trust presented as part of their ‘Pulse’ series of briefings.
The 2019 report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction has been released. This report presents a top-level overview of the drug phenomenon in Europe, covering drug supply, use and public health problems as well as drug policy and responses.
This Technical Briefing provides a description of Peer-to-Peer Distribution of Naloxone (P2PN). This is based on six case studies of pioneers of P2PN; three from the UK and three international examples that inform the guidance in this Technical Briefing. This document will inform and be extended following a pilot of P2PN in four sites in England in 2019. These will be supported by small grants from EuroNPUD. The learning from this pilot will help test the model and peer education approach promoted in this briefing.