Targeted Distribution of Naloxone

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that can quickly and safely reverse the potentially fatal effects of an opioid overdose, and our strategy is concerned with making naloxone available to all those who might need it as evidence makes clear that wider distribution and training in how and when to administer it saves lives.

It is important to ensure it is available for individuals who are most likely to encounter or witness an overdose – especially people who use drugs, first responders and care providers. The Taskforce will support relevant training around naloxone and provide kits to a range of people, including first responders and care providers including UK-leading provision through Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service as well as night shelter, hostels, and community pharmacies.  We are working with our partners at Scottish Drugs Forum to develop distribution networks further.

A blog detailing recent experience and results of overdose prevention after hospital discharge – broadening take-home naloxone provision is available here.