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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

  • 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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  • Public health bodies call for decriminalisation of drugs

    The UK’s two leading public health bodies, representing thousands of doctors and other professionals, are making an unprecedented call for the personal possession and use of drugs to be decriminalised.

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  • Students Can Now Get Drugs Safely Tested at Newcastle University

    Newcastle University have made drug test kits available to students, in a progressive, pioneering move towards safer, sense-based drug policy on campus. Available for £3 as of today, the initiative arrives on the back of Students For Sensible Drug Policy Newcastle’s recent drug awareness week – which won the NUSU award for ‘best campaign’.

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  • Safe consumption sites, not just injection, are necessary for an equitable harm reduction response to drug use

    The national interest in safe-injection spaces is just one of many signals that the end of the war is nigh. Such spaces provide a place for injection drug users to inject under medical supervision, with clean supplies and out of the alleys and doorways. It is an important public health intervention and a step in the right direction. But it is not sufficient. We do not need safe-injection spaces alone; we need safe-consumption spaces.

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  • Canada expected to promote harm reduction at UN drug meeting next week

    The United Nations’ upcoming assembly on drugs, its first in 18 years, comes at a key time for Canada as the country’s opioid crisis worsens and several cities seek to open safe injection sites. “Canada will be going there with the intention of promoting some particular key policy options within that forum,” Donald MacPherson, executive director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition...

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  • New HIV Resource Launched

    There has been an increase in the rate of HIV diagnoses in people who inject drugs in Glasgow. In 2015 there were 45 new cases. Previously the number of newly diagnosed cases of HIV in this population was lower, averaging 10 per year. The Scottish Drugs Forum have released a new resource to help inform workers.

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  • Merchants Quay drug service offers to run Dublin heroin room

    THE Merchants Quay drugs service has offered to run the government’s city centre injection room to stop heroin addicts “shooting up” on Dublin’s streets. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, the drugs minister, said legislation should be complete before the summer to allow drug users to inject themselves legally in a city centre facility.

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  • Safe-injection sites don't just protect drug users

    A supervised injection service meant that those who used drugs could inject in a safe environment, not in an alleyway or behind an office building or in a coffee shop washroom. They could do it in a way to reduce infection, and to ensure they did not pass on disease to others by sharing needles. If an overdose occurred, then staff — health professionals — could step in to prevent an unnecessary death. Used needles would not be left to potentially harm others.

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Latest Videos

  • 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.