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Naloxone Video

In case you haven’t seen it - this is an excellent video from the HCLU about the wonder that is naloxone. Also, don’t forget about our I’m the Evidence campaign. Naloxone saves...

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Promoting Naloxone by any means possible

Promoting Naloxone by any means possible | Naloxone | Scoop.it

There are a number of current attempts to get more commissioners interested in purchasing naloxone training and take-home kits. People have used different forms of media, traditional and online to highlight naloxone’s effectiveness.

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Watch: How to Administer Naloxone

Watch: How to Administer Naloxone | Naloxone | Scoop.it
June 1st, 2016
This video provides some important, easy-to-follow guidance on how to administer the lifesaving anti-opioid overdose drug naloxone (AKA Narcan). A raft of legislation across many states in recent years has made naloxone easier to obtain for both laypeople and professionals—paramedics
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Excellent resource from practical recovery

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Naloxone Now Available Over the Counter in Canada

Naloxone Now Available Over the Counter in Canada | Naloxone | Scoop.it
In a fantastic step forward, Health Canada has announced the Naloxone Federal prescription status review results - and it's great news.
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Naloxone more easily available throughout the world

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Prison Naloxome

Prison Naloxome | Naloxone | Scoop.it
Harm Reduction Journal publishes research focusing on the prevalent patterns of psychoactive drug use, the public policies meant to control them, and the search for effective methods of reducing the adverse medical, public health, and social consequences associated with both drugs and drug policies. We define 'harm reduction' as 'policies and programs which aim to reduce the health, social, and economic costs of legal and illegal psychoactive drug use without necessarily reducing drug consumption'.
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Organising take-home naloxone for released prisoners faces a raft of challenges

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Selling opioid overdose antidote Naloxone over counter 'will save lives'

Selling opioid overdose antidote Naloxone over counter 'will save lives' | Naloxone | Scoop.it
Naloxone will be available over the counter in Australian pharmacies from Monday, 1 February
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In a bid to prevent opiate-related deaths, the Therapeutic Goods Administration has rescheduled Naloxone so people can get a single-use filled syringe of the drug over the counter, enough to reverse an opioid overdose.

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Naloxone - the opioid overdose reversal drug

Naloxone - the opioid overdose reversal drug | Naloxone | Scoop.it
What is naloxone? Find out how naloxone can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and prevent death. Get a naloxone kit.
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Naloxone can rapidly reverse a reduced breathing rate (known as respiratory depression) when caused by an overdose of opioids. Naloxone takes 2-5 minutes to have an effect when injected into a muscle. The effects last for about 20 minutes. This means the use of naloxone can buy critical time while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. 

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Naloxone in homelessness services

Naloxone in homelessness services | Naloxone | Scoop.it
A framework for managers in accommodation-based homelessness services to implement good practice around using naloxone as part of a wider harm reduction approach.
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Incorporating naloxone into homelessness services encourages drug users to engage with treatment services and helps to keep them alive until they are in recovery. It is important to remember that the intervention is not just about providing naloxone: training people to recognise the signs of overdose and how to respond appropriately are key steps in reducing drug-related deaths. 

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Heroin antidote Narcan as a nasal spray gets clearance from US regulators

Heroin antidote Narcan as a nasal spray gets clearance from US regulators | Naloxone | Scoop.it
FDA approval for new version of product, based on the drug naloxone, which Irish maker says is cheaper and easier to use than injections
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This is an important announcement because naloxone is approximately half its existing price in nasal form, allowing for wider distribution

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Naloxone, the little-known drug that reverses heroin overdoses, explained

Naloxone shows how the war on drugs is changing.
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Naloxone demonstrates just how much America is changing its attitudes to drugs.

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Naloxone – what the new legislation changes mean | SMMGP Blog

Naloxone – what the new legislation changes mean | SMMGP Blog | Naloxone | Scoop.it

Kate Halliday, SMMGP Programme Lead, discusses the recent legislation changes which make naloxone more readily available for those that need it.

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Naloxone counteracts the effects of opioid overdose and while its distribution to current and past drug users has been encouraged in England there has been a patchy uptake of the drug. Many of us have been waiting for the 1st October 2015 when the Human Medicines Act legislation changes came into force to give more options for the distribution of naloxone (see explanatory memorandum from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency). Recent statistics showing a large increase in drug related deathshas only sharpened the desire to increase accessibility of naloxone for opioid users and those in contact with them.

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I Am A Naloxone Advocate - International Overdose Awareness Day 2015

The Scottish Naloxone programme has worked with many fantastic Peer Educators over the years, who tirelessly give their time to train people across the count...
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Scotland is way ahead of England in training peers to use naloxone and save the lives of overdosing heroin users.

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Researchers evaluate use of pharmacy-based naloxone education and distribution to fight opioid overdoses

Researchers evaluate use of pharmacy-based naloxone education and distribution to fight opioid overdoses | Naloxone | Scoop.it
In response to the growing opioid crisis, several states, including Massachusetts and Rhode Island, have granted pharmacists the authority to provide naloxone rescue kits without a prescription to at-risk patients. This model of pharmacy-based naloxone (PBN) education and distribution is one of the public health strategies currently being evaluated at hundreds of pharmacies in both states to determine the impact on opioid overdose death rates.
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"Given that nearly every community has a pharmacy, there is a tremendous opportunity to help save lives by allowing pharmacists to provide naloxone rescue kits to those at risk for overdose."

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Naloxone Kits Resulted in Almost 27,000 Drug Overdose Reversals Over 18 Years - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Naloxone Kits Resulted in Almost 27,000 Drug Overdose Reversals Over 18 Years - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids | Naloxone | Scoop.it
Use of naloxone kits resulted in almost 27,000 drug overdose reversals between 1996 and 2014, according to a new government study.
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Providing naloxone kits to laypersons reduces overdose deaths, is safe, and is cost-effective, the researchers noted. “U.S. and international health organizations recommend providing naloxone kits to laypersons who might witness an opioid overdose; to patients in substance use treatment programs; to persons leaving prison and jail; and as a component of responsible opioid prescribing,” the researchers wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Are take-home naloxone programmes effective? Systematic review utilizing application of the Bradford Hill criteria - McDonald - 2016 - Addiction - Wiley Online Library

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A systematic review found that take-home naloxone programmes reduce overdose mortality among programme participants and in the community and have a low rate of adverse events.,

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Are take-home naloxone programmes effective? Systematic review 

Are take-home naloxone programmes effective? Systematic review  | Naloxone | Scoop.it
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Take home naloxone programmes are found to reduce overall mortality rates among partiicpants and in the community and have a low rate of adverse events

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Naloxone Project Ireland

Denis O'Driscoll speaks about the Naloxone Project. Help not Harm promote a health based approach to drug policy, in favour of the current criminal approach.
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Drugs, legalisation and harm reduction has become a very hot topic in Ireland.

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Preventing heroin deaths with take-home naloxone

Preventing heroin deaths with take-home naloxone | Naloxone | Scoop.it
New report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs & Drug Addiction provides a comprehensive view on the importance of the overdose reversal drug naloxone
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EMCDDA report is an invaluable resource for anyone considering promoting the use of #naloxone (opiate overdose reversal drug) or providing training for peer users or families and friends.

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Overdose Reversal Drug Now Available To Every U.S. High School Free Of Charge

Overdose Reversal Drug Now Available To Every U.S. High School Free Of Charge | Naloxone | Scoop.it
Advocates say this is another important step toward preventing fatal opioid overdoses.
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It's hard to know whether to be pleased about this availability of #naloxone or saddened that there is apparently a need at High School level.

No figures on uptake yet, so perhaps just a way of promoting the nasal form.

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Early day motion 911 - NALOXONE PROVISION TO PRISONERS ON RELEASE

That this House recognises that the risk of a drug-related death is 7.5 times higher for UK prisoners in the first fortnight following their release; notes...

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So far just 8 MPS have signed this early day motion urging the provision of naloxone to drug using prisoners on release.

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So far just 8 MPs have signed this early day motion

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Pre-provision of emergency naloxone: Major achievements but substantial challenges remain | Society for the Study of Addiction

Pre-provision of emergency naloxone: Major achievements but substantial challenges remain | Society for the Study of Addiction | Naloxone | Scoop.it
Broadening and promoting the scientific understanding of addiction
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Future developments that require serious consideration include proper study of potential non-injectable naloxone (such as potential nasal spray), widespread pre-provision as a public health strategy, and adoption of a policy of presumption of universal provision to relevant patent population.

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Widening the availability of naloxone - GOV.UK

Widening the availability of naloxone - GOV.UK | Naloxone | Scoop.it
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All the rules and regulations on who can supply naloxone to who in the UK following government changes.

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New Naloxone Regulations: Will Access To Vital Overdose Antidote Be Widened?

New Naloxone Regulations: Will Access To Vital Overdose Antidote Be Widened? | Naloxone | Scoop.it

As a member of the Naloxone Action Group (NAG) England, I have been waiting a year for Regulations to widen the provision of Naloxone, ever since the Department of Health advised that the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) would be drafting these.

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Kirstie Douse questions whether new provisions go far enough

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Naloxone and the Lethal Overdose of Political Inaction

Naloxone and the Lethal Overdose of Political Inaction | Naloxone | Scoop.it
Dr Julian Buchanan, Associate Professor, Victoria University of Wellington, Institute of Criminology 31st August 2015 (International Overdose Day)   Getting Naloxone into the community has been dif...
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Interesting that some governments- USA and Scotland for instance - are much more successful at getting naloxone into the community than others such as England and New Zealand.

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Naloxone legal changes (UK)

Naloxone legal changes (UK) | Naloxone | Scoop.it

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...

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But, what is the situation for people who aren't engaged in drug treatment, and the professionals that they engage with? I'm thinking mainly of hostel workers and those working with homeless people – their clients are just as at risk, or even more so, of overdose. Many of us have been puzzling over whether or not these people will be able to supply Naloxone under the new Regulations.

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UK Preliminary advice on using #naloxone to prevent overdoses

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There is already advice from Public Health England that training need not be complicated, but it should cover the identification of overdose and how to then respond to overdose. This should certainly cover first calling an ambulance. Where a naloxone product is supplied a minimum level of training in how to assemble and use that product should be given.

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How Do We Know How Many Lives Have Been Saved With Naloxone?

How Do We Know How Many Lives Have Been Saved With Naloxone? | Naloxone | Scoop.it
Reporting successful overdose reversals is one of the biggest challenges that naloxone distribution programs face. In many cases, an outreach worker will distribute a naloxone kits to a person at risk for opiate drug overdose, and then never see or hear from that person again.
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We need to record success in order to expand the distribution of naloxone

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