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Ten reasons to distribute ‘take home naloxone'

Naloxone is the opiate antagonist that can prevent overdose. In the US it's use is increasing and within the UK there are national programmes in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland to distribute it, but not in England, in England it's left up to local areas to decide if they should distribute it. So, I thought it was time for a top 'ten reasons to distribute take home naloxone' article.

Naloxone legal changes (UK)

Last month the Human Medicines (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2015 were laid before Parliament, amending the 2012 Regulations which restrict the supply etc. of medicines, and we got the first glimpse of the changes that are to be introduced from 1st October. The main change is that: "Persons employed or engaged in the provision of drug treatment services", drugs workers (though a variety of different names apply to this role these days) to you and me, will be added to the list of exempted professionals who can supply Naloxone without falling foul of the restrictions.

Changing Face of Needle Exchange

Allan Clear talks about the changing face of needle exchange, from it's activist roots though to it's mainstreaming and formalisation.

Harm Reduction News

  • Needle vs needle: a vaccine for drug addiction?

    If the vaccines become widespread, what’s to stop well-meaning parents from paying for their children to be vaccinated against a future or drug dependence, “just in case”? Would it be ethical to do this? To alter someone’s body chemistry to prevent them from experiencing things you don’t approve of?

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  • Drug experts plan to set up supervised ice 'inhalation rooms'

    Imagine a room where you can legally go and smoke ice. They already exist in Europe, and now some drug experts want to bring them here. The plan has the backing of Alex Wodak, who started a medically supervised injecting centre in Kings Cross in Sydney in response to a large number of heroin addicts dying in the streets, and the threat of blood borne viruses through users sharing needles.

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  • Safe injecting zone for drug users could be good idea

    Calls have been made to look into creating a safe drug injecting facility in Dundee to tackle overdoses, HIV and the problem of discarded needles in the city.

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  • The Safe Room

    In Switzerland, there are rooms across eight cities tackling problems triggered predominantly by heroin and crack cocaine. Germany faces similar problems with heroin, but ice is also seeping in from the Czech Republic, where it is widely abused. The consumption room in Oslo, Norway, is at the frontline of a major, national battle against ice. Is Australia ready to adopt the European model?

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    I'm a Doctor Who Thinks America Should Let People Inject Heroin Safely

    Right now in Ithaca, New York, officials are pursuing a Supervised Injection Facility (or SIF) to address the overdose problem. Over 60 cities in ten countries have opened SIFs in order to give people who inject drugs a place to use that is safer and more hygienic than the restrooms, parks, or other public places that may be their only alternative.

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  • PHE: Widening the availability of naloxone

    This fact sheet by PHE explaining the regulations for naloxone in the UK and how they can be implemented has been updated to include section 5.1 on supply of naloxone to children and young people.

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  • Doctors propose 'supervised consumption rooms'

    Doctors at the BMA's annual meeting in Belfast backed a motion calling for "evidence-based interventions" for drug users, including "heroin-assisted treatment" and providing safe spaces for some drug users. The moves comes after two other leading organisation called for the decriminalisation of drug use.

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  • Public health bodies call for decriminalisation of drugs

    Danny Kelly, harm reduction team manager for CAIR Scotland in Dundee, said: “IEP kits have been instrumental in reducing the prevalence of HIV in this population, from a high point of approximately 40% in the mid-to-late 1980s, to effectively zero today.

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  • Hadiyah Charles talks about the importance of HepC testing.
  • Stephen Malloy talks about the importance of naloxone as a tool to reduce drug related deaths.
  • Sharon Stancliff talks about the issues delaying wider distribution of naloxone around the USA.
  • Emily demonstrates how simple it is to save the life of someone you love.
  • There are many more videos here on Injecting Advice.

    Make sure you check them all out over in the 'Multimedia' section.

  • Allan Clear
    On a recent trip to the US Emily got the chance to talk to Allan Clear about his role as Executive Director of the Harm Reduction Coalition, or as she puts it "the boss of the bosses".
    As well as this new series there is also plenty of other video content on this site, and more being produced every month.