Take-home naloxone from October 2015

So today the new legislation goes live in England and Naloxone is available without presciption. One trust has set the ball rolling with a simple and effective governance structure for wider access using the SMMGP eLearning module as their training option. Once this module has been completed and signed off by lead clinician in service, both staff and any other person taking the time to do the training will be provided with a kit. This new legislation will reveal just how many service providers in England do actually still put their client wellbeing and safety first. Its going to be an interesting period.

Naloxone Action Group - England

Naloxone, which can be effective in reversing heroin overdoses, is, from the 1 October 2015, more readily available for those that need it. Although naloxone will remain a prescription only medicine, the legislative change will crucially mean people working in drug treatment services are able to supply the drug, without a prescription, to anyone needing it to stop a heroin overdose. In addition to previous legislation, from 1 October 2015:

Naloxone can be supplied by a drug treatment service to any individual needing it for saving a life in an emergency.

So it can be supplied without prescription to:

  • someone who is using or has previously used opiates (illicit or prescribed) and is at potential risk of overdose
  • a carer, family member or friend liable to be on hand in case of overdose
  • a named individual in a hostel (or other facility where drug users gather and might be at…

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