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International Overdose Awareness Day

Every 31 August since 2001
Each year on 31 August the international community remembers those we’ve lost by helping to promote Overdose Awareness.
The Pennington Institute in Australia now works to coordinate this activism by providing a wide selection of resources on the official website overdoseday.com. These resources include posters, memes, overdose information, videos and templates for items like tshirts.

Latest Resources

Summary of Take Home Naloxone in Australia

The Centre for Research into Injecting Drug Use in Australia have put together an overview of the current naloxone landscape there that is broken down by state.

Naloxone – Lee’s Story

Bristol Drugs Project have produced three short interviews detailing the experience three different people have had with Naloxone. In this interview, they speak to Lee. He describes his own experience of an opioid overdose and how Naloxone was administered to him saving his life. This is Lee’s Story.

Naloxone – Rebecca’s Story

Bristol Drugs Project have produced three short interviews detailing the experience three different people have had with Naloxone. In this interview, they speak to Rebecca who, after getting Naloxone training with BDP, went on to administer Naloxone to a member of the public who was going through an opioid overdose. This is Rebecca’s story.

Naloxone – Rich’s Story

Bristol Drugs Project have produced three short interviews detailing the experience three different people have had with Naloxone. In this interview they speak to Rich. he describes his experience administering Naloxone to his friend who was going through an opioid overdose. This is Rich’s Story.

Test your knowledge: new online questionnaire on overdose and take-home naloxone

The EMCDDA has launched a new online knowledge questionnaire on overdose and take-home naloxone aimed at potential bystanders of overdose, but also at a wider interested public. The main aim of the questionnaire is to refresh respondents’ knowledge on opioids, overdose risks and the role of take-home naloxone as part of the overall response to overdose deaths.

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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EuroNPUD Naloxone Resources

EuroNPUD have produced naloxone resources focused on peer to peer distribution.
EuroNPUD underscore the centrality of the involvement of people who use drugs: drug users must be regarded as the primary target group for naloxone distribution and administration.

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