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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 These resources include posters, memes, overdose information, videos and templates for items like tshirts.

Latest Resources

Naloxone reporting short life working group: Final report (Scotland)

This short report describes the purpose, process and meetings of the Naloxone Reporting Short Life Working Group (SLWG). This report also describes the recommendations of the SLWG and outlines the next stage in this change process, where organisations will review these findings and respond to them.

Peer-to-Peer Distribution of Naloxone: Technical Briefing

EuroNPUD have released their Technical Briefing on Peer to Peer Naloxone which includes information, case studies and guidance on developing Peer2Peer models of naloxone distribution.

Evaluation: Peer Naloxone Supply Project

A new report published by SDF shows the evaluation of the peer-to-peer naloxone programme within three pilot areas: one prison, one rural, one urban. The project aimed to establish, embed, and support high quality peer supply of naloxone as a core service across Scotland and ensure those involved in peer supply have an active voice in delivery of naloxone and other harm reduction interventions, including the sharing and promotion of good practice.

ACMD Naloxone Review

The Advisory Council of the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has reviewed the evidence on the provision and availability of naloxone in the UK, a medicine which can temporarily reverse the effects of opioids and is used as an emergency treatment for people who overdose on these drugs. The findings of this review, and recommendations to optimise the use of naloxone are presented in this report.

Naloxone Lego Images

A series of naloxone focused images made with lego have started doing the rounds on social media. They have been created by Thomas Valentine a 999 call operator based in Scotland.

SDF Webinar: Providing emergency help to someone having an overdose: your experiences

An SDF survey of people who have acted to help people who have overdosed shows that people have immediate and ongoing support needs and how these are currently met. This webinar presented the survey findings and explored implications for policy and practice.

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This year the Scottish Drugs Forum  #StopTheDeaths campaign highlights the role we all have in recognising and intervening when a person overdoses.

Overdose is not a rare occurrence and the difference between an overdose and a fatal overdose depends upon the immediate actions of people present at the time. You could save a life by recognising an overdose.  

#StopTheDeaths images © SDF 2021


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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