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Pride and Prejudice

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As Overdose Awareness Day approached, the millionth kit of injectable naloxone was distributed. DDN looks back at the story of this lifesaving intervention. Naloxone was first developed in the 1960s and used by the emergency services to reverse opioid overdose. It wasn’t until 2005 that it was made available under UK law to be […]

DDN011208

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[…] December 2008 www.drinkanddrugs.net www.drinkanddrugs.net DON’T LOOK BACK IN ANGERDON’T LOOK BACK IN ANGER Your fortnightly magazine | jobs | news | views | research A STORY OF NALOXONE Why aren’t we heeding evidence and distributing this life-saver? DDN refl ects on a year of fi ercely contested debates and issuesDDN refl ects on a […]

Simple Solutions

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Naloxone is safe and easy to use. So let’s get lots more people trained up and carrying it, says Deb Hussey. Part of my role as Turning Point’s safer lives lead is expanding naloxone provision, and as an organisation we’re committed to ensuring that naloxone is available to anyone who may need to […]

Be well aware

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A powerful new national naloxone and overdose awareness campaign is using the faces of people with lived experience to get its message across. Read about it in DDN Magazine ‘For me it’s about saving a life,’ says harm reduction activist Lee Collingham, one of the faces of the landmark, country-wide naloxone awareness campaign launched […]

The long road

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Despite recent advances and lots of passionate campaigning, there’s still a long way to go before everyone who needs naloxone has easy access to it. DDN talks to a couple of early pioneers about the ongoing struggle provide this life-saving drug. ‘The distribution of naloxone to opiate misusers should be seriously considered for trial […]

Naloxone outreach – Reaching out

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Now that naloxone is officially ‘out there’, CGL are among those searching for the people most in need of it. DDN reports on their naloxone outreach services. Guy Phillips is preparing for his nightshift as an outreach worker in Newham, east London. In his rucksack he will carry needles, a first aid kit, condoms, […]

DDN May2021

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[…] Drugs Ne1ws May 2021 ISSN 1755b6236 TREATING THE WHOLE PERSON FRESH APPROACHES TO PEOPLE WITH COMPLEX NEEDS FACE VALUE Using people with alived experience to spread the naloxone message WHO BENEFITS? What’s the real purpose ob drug treatment? MAY 2021 • DRINK AND DRUGS NEWS • 3 UPFRONT Drink and Drugs News is published […]

Naloxone distribution

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Naloxone distribution campaigner Philippe Bonnet Fast forward on naloxone distribution Progress on naloxone distribution is still slow and inconsistent throughout the UK. DDN asked naloxone champion Philippe Bonnet for some tips on moving forward As part of a team committed to distributing naloxone, Philippe Bonnet hears of an overdose being reversed every week […]

DDN120109

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12 January 200912 January 2009 www.drinkanddrugs.net www.drinkanddrugs.net NEW HORIZONSNEW HORIZONS Your fortnightly magazine | jobs | news | views | research BACK FROM THE BRINK Commitment gets naloxone supplied on outreach An innovative approach to aftercareAn innovative approach to aftercare SYSTEM ERROR Can drug-free treatment match the numbers game? THE BIG BANG Time to […]

What price life?

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The failure to roll out naloxone distribution in England prompted a multidisciplinary group to meet in London to campaign for change. DDN reports Last year there were 765 deaths related to heroin and morphine in England – a sharp rise of 32 per cent from the 579 deaths in 2012. The reasons for this […]

Beyond the gate

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Prisons have a unique opportunity to introduce a life-saving naloxone strategy, so is the message getting through? DDN reports. Read the full article in DDN Magazine Naloxone saves lives, and for people leaving prison it can be a vital component in their survival kit. We know that the first few weeks following release carry […]

A crucial conversation

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Change Grow Live’s National Naloxone Conversation event was a vital opportunity to keep up the momentum for widening access.

Pharmacy staff save two lives after timely naloxone training

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[…] been used by staff at Wicker Pharmacy following training by Humankind’s service Likewise. Following timely training by our new local drug and alcohol service, Likewise, pharmacy staff used naloxone to revive two people. Naloxone is a medication that temporarily reverses the effects of an overdose from opioids like heroin. When administered, it buys crucial time […]

Doing it together

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[…] I jumped at the chance. The role allows me to support Turning Point in our increased focus on harm reduction while working across our services to increase naloxone awareness, distribution, and carriage. I plan to put lived experience at the centre of what I do and one of my first aims is to expand […]

Naloxone advocacy

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Let’s get it out there The day saw repeated calls for life-saving, and cost-effective, naloxone to be made more widely available.  ‘The case for take-home naloxone is quite clear,’ activist Kevin Jaffray told the morning’s Naloxone – keeping up the campaign session. ‘So why isn’t it in the hands of the people who need […]

The naloxone consultation: landmark opportunity to expand the provision of naloxone

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Photo by lilartsy on Unsplash Katherine Watkinson, Acting Head of Medicines Optimisation and Pharmacy at Turning Point, discusses how a new government consultation could make naloxone more accessible.  Drug-related deaths have more than doubled since 2012 and recent figures show no sign of this trend slowing down. England and Wales registered 4,561 drug related […]

Legislation to allow naloxone to be more widely available

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Ready for action Naloxone is to be made more readily available next month. Public Health England’s Steve Taylor looks at how local services and commissioners can respond to this change in the law Legislation to allow naloxone to be more widely available for those who need it is on track to be enacted next […]

High risk strategy

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Failure to provide naloxone at the point of release for most prisoners is putting lives at risk, says John Jolly. Read this article in DDN Those leaving prison having had an opiate problem are seriously at risk of having a life-threatening overdose or dying as a result of one. Both Public Health England (PHE) […]

Keeping it together

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Handy naloxone pouches containing everything needed to make administration risk-free are a potential game-changer, says Alistair Bryant. It would be cool if I can just explain our naloxone pouches and how we rolled them out. Everyone loves a backstory, right? So how did these pouches become a thing?  Chris Rintoul, our harm reduction and […]

Height of awareness: peer-to-peer overdose prevention

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Peer-to-peer naloxone initiatives are proving an effective way to tackle overdose risk. Lee Collingham describes how SCUF are grasping the opportunity in Nottingham. Read the full article in DDN Magazine Lee Collingham: SCUF Nottingham The latest release of worsening statistics has kept drug-related deaths (DRDs) at the forefront of everyone’s mind, whether treatment providers, […]

Make it stick

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Making sure naloxone is in the hands of everyone who needs it, whenever they need it, requires far more than simply handing it out from drug treatment services. DDN reports. Read it in DDN Magazine Despite all the good work that’s been done over the last couple of decades to fight the battle for […]

Debunking myths: naloxone, the life-saving antidote to opioid overdose

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The recent naloxone and overdose awareness campaign launched in the UK has stimulated an important conversation amongst many: what is naloxone? Though patented back in 1961, it is only now, in the midst of an opioid epidemic, that naloxone is beginning to assert itself within the general public. Anya Aggarwal debunks some common myths. […]

The Naloxone Action Group

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Keep nagging on naloxone, says the naloxone action Group DDN listened to a lively lunchtime meeting of The Naloxone Action Group (NAG) at the RCGP conference, looking at barriers to naloxone distribution A show of hands revealed that about half of the audience – many of whom were GPs – believed their area had […]

Broadening the reach

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We need to prioritise naloxone supply in high-risk settings

DDN2303

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[…] Public support for investment in treatment • Services failing gay men • CMO calls for minimum alcohol pricing • UN sticks to prohibition • Hostels to prescribe naloxone • Bespoke services get best results • News in brief 6 LETTERS AND COMMENT : Advocacy calls; methadone spending; prisoners and drugs; in defence of nature […]

DDN2303

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[…] Public support for investment in treatment • Services failing gay men • CMO calls for minimum alcohol pricing • UN sticks to prohibition • Hostels to prescribe naloxone • Bespoke services get best results • News in brief 6 LETTERS AND COMMENT : Advocacy calls; methadone spending; prisoners and drugs; in defence of nature […]

Our naloxone strategy for 2022

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Change Grow Live outlines its naloxone strategy for 2022, aiming to make the life-saving drug as available to as many people as possible. Since 2015, naloxone has played a major role in supporting the people who use our services. By temporarily reversing the effects of an opioid overdose, naloxone has helped to reduce the […]

From our foreign correspondent

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In her first international column Chris Ford looks at Ireland’s lack of naloxone provision Noticing a number from abroad, I answered my phone. Before I could even say hello, a woman who I now know as Siobhan was telling me a story about her son Gary. Just 31 years old, he had died in […]

More work needed to increase availability of naloxone, says ACMD

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More needs to be done to increase the availability and use of naloxone, according to a report from ACMD. Community pharmacies should be able to deliver take-home naloxone as well as interventions in managing opioid overdose, says the document, while data quality also needs to be improved to allow commissioners to properly monitor how […]

The power of naloxone

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As soon as Harbour Housing introduced naloxone a life was saved. A decade on they are looking back on one of their best decisions

Five things we did to help more people carry naloxone

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Five things we did to help more people carry naloxone. Putting naloxone at the forefront of everything we do has saved lives

Scotland expands naloxone provision to community pharmacies 

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Naloxone will now be available in community pharmacies across Scotland, the Scottish Government has announced. Community pharmacies will hold ‘at least two’ naloxone kits – either nasal or injectable. The £300,000 Emergency Access Naloxone Scheme will see all community pharmacies holding ‘at least two’ naloxone kits – either nasal or injectable.  ‘Through our […]

Constellations Online Festival of Harm Reduction

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[…] the sector needs to be careful to not drift back to the bad old days of the harm reduction vs recovery wars. Jump to article Staying Alive: Naloxone Action!, chaired by DDN, explored the vital – and often unpaid – work peers were doing to get naloxone into the hands of people who need […]

Life-saving knowledge

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 Launching our DDN good practice exchange, Natasha Bray of the Wallich Community House Team shares how she delivered a successful naloxone training initiative. The Wallich Community House is a unique homelessness project specifically for people with co-presenting mental health and substance use issues. We provide semi- independent supported accommodation for 33 service users across […]

Naloxone overdose reversal medication

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Naloxone is a medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. A naloxone kit Known as an ‘opioid antagonist’, it counteracts the depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system and allows the person to breath normally again. If someone is experiencing an overdose from opiates – such as heroin, […]

Winning attitude

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Being recognised through a national award made Catherine Larkin and Danny Hames realise the value of Inclusion’s eager adoption of a naloxone strategy. Last November Inclusion, which is part of South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust, won the Health Service Journal award for patient safety. This was for our project titled Naloxone – […]

Reach out

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Chris Rintoul reports positive results from a Northern Ireland naloxone programme The Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) watered the seeds of take-home naloxone and it allowed us to kick-start the programme in Northern Ireland. Before that we had no naloxone, and no sight of it. People are dying – especially poor groups, people in poverty, […]

New app helps to locate free naloxone

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An app that uses Google Maps to highlight places such as pharmacies and needle exchanges that offer free naloxone has been launched by Turning Point and Somerset Council on International Overdose Awareness Day. The Carry Naloxone app, which was launched in partnership with Bristol University, also provides short videos on how to recognise an […]

Naloxone provision ‘chronically inadequate’, says Release

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Levels of naloxone provision by local authorities are ‘chronically inadequate’ and ‘certainly not sufficient to prevent opioid deaths to any meaningful extent’, according to research carried out by Release. Although take-home naloxone is now provided by 90 per cent of local authorities (DDN, September, page 4), Freedom of Information requests revealed that just 12 […]

Make naloxone routinely available to police, paramedics and public, says Turning Point

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Turning Point is calling on the government to make naloxone routinely available to the police, paramedics and the general public, as only treatment and healthcare staff are currently able to distribute the drug. ‘We urge the government to act now to widen access to naloxone to prevent needless deaths,’ said Turning Point chief executive […]

Local news

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Anti-overdose scheme sees success More than 500 people have been trained to administer naloxone by Addaction’s Recovery Partnership, preventing heroin overdoses in Coventry and Warwickshire. ‘Naloxone has now become an integral part of our service delivery’, said Steve Bliss, needle exchange coordinator at The Recovery Partnership in Coventry. ‘Since we started our naloxone programme, […]

Letters

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The DDN letters page, where you can have your say. To be included in the next issue, please send letters and comments to claire@cjwellings.com. Committed to naloxone Regarding Neil Hunt’s opinion piece, ‘A matter of life and death’ (DDN, December 2013, page 18): as the service provider for Peterborough, we are in absolute agreement that naloxone […]

Drug deaths are everyone’s business

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[…] is unusual. OHID’s action plan to reduce drug and alcohol deaths addresses five priority areas – within these there is a focus on improving treatment quality, expanding naloxone provision, improving toxicology, coroner reporting and information sharing, and the reduction of stigma in healthcare services. There were presentations from the police, services that support family […]

Police Scotland rolls-out naloxone programme country-wide

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Police officers across the whole of Scotland are to be equipped with and trained in the use of naloxone, Police Scotland has confirmed. Pilot schemes were carried out in in Falkirk as well as Caithness, Dundee, Glasgow and Stirling. The national roll-out follows pilot schemes in Caithness, Dundee, Falkirk, Glasgow and Stirling that saw […]

DDN – Naloxone Toolkit

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Let’s get naloxone out there!   DDN wants to create a naloxone toolkit to help people get naloxone distributed and used in their local area. The proposed draft contents are: What is naloxone (with input from doctors and medical advice). Why have naloxone. A ‘how to’ section – including lobbying in your area, step-by-step campaigning, template letters, […]

DDN November 2020

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[…] of PHE made it ‘feel like we have now come to a critical p point’. The sector needed to focus on keepinb harm reduction services open, bettinb naloxone to as many people as possible, pand beinb flexible in its approach to prescribed medication, she stressed. Deaths related to drug poisoning Win England and Wales: […]

Every step

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[…] recovery.  With this in mind, the treatment system I operate within in Birmingham has now started actively encouraging service users to undergo training in the administration of naloxone for the treatment of suspected opioid overdose, alongside placing the person in the recovery position and calling an ambulance. I have been told that ‘people in […]

Opening doors

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[…] come across who is ready for help. It opens the door to services and makes it much easier for someone to walk through it. The team brandish naloxone kits when they’re out and about – a conversation starter as well as a vital harm reduction intervention. They wear their naloxone shirts and are proud […]

Peer-to-peer naloxone programmes have transformational potential, says SDF

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Peer-to-peer naloxone programmes can help to reduce stigma and boost confidence, says a new report from the Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF), and if rolled out further could help to reduce Scotland’s drug-related death rate.  Peer to Peer naloxone training at the DDN Conference. This year’s event will be on 13 July in Birmingham The […]

Choose life – Recovery Month and Overdose Awareness

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[…] charity and presented to them at the New Beginnings open day and graduation on 28 September. Stuart Green and Neil Firbank, Aspire, www.aspire.community       ‘ Naloxonesaves lives’: OD Awareness Day Drug fatalities have overtaken fatalities due to road accidents for the first time, representing a public health issue of growing proportions. In […]

DDN_November_2023

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[…] m on g y o u r m ate s To reduce your risk of an overdose, please take extra precautions when using any type of drug NALOXONE D ru gs a r e c h an g in g Ove rd ose s a r e r is in g Brought to you […]

Straight to the point – NNEF conference

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[…] that the community pharmacies could be doing much better – including harm reduction advice. The exercise also identified a weak link in the chain of Birmingham’s take-home naloxone programme – that clients had to be already engaged with a drug treatment service to receive kits. After a pilot phase (‘and a lot of learning!’) […]

Would you like to learn how to save a life?

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Peer distribution of naloxone is the best way to get the opioid overdose reversal drug where it’s needed.

Met should routinely carry naloxone, says London Assembly Health Committee

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London’s mayor should work with the Metropolitan Police to ensure that its officers routinely carry naloxone spray, according to a new harm reduction report from the London Assembly Health Committee. The committee also want to see consumption rooms piloted in London Police Scotland recently announced that it was rolling out its pilot naloxone programme […]

Take-home naloxone in prisons

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Research consultant, Arun Sondhi, from the Centre for Public Innovation (CPI), talks to DDN about the findings of his latest research into take-home naloxone in prisons. ‘Through-the-Gate’forms a key part of the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation strategy aimed at supporting a prisoner’s recovery from drugs and/or alcohol once released back in the community. The provision […]

A flying start

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[…] large number of overdoses and suspected overdoses’, he says. This is what gave him the idea for NaloFly, a new app designed to enable peer-to-peer delivery of naloxone when needed.  The app enables people to get hold of naloxone by alerting a registered responder – someone nearby who’s carrying it. ‘I talk to people […]

DDN0103

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[…] place to swap ideas. DDN talked to some of the participants. 12 AWARENESS, ADVOCACY, ACTION! Dr Chris Ford and Danny Morris urged delegates to get involved in naloxone training, while Daren Garratt and Ursula Brown gave a guide to advocacy services. 14 THE PERSONAL TOUCH The Alliance opened discussion of the government’s proposed personalisation […]

Local authorities failing to provide sufficient naloxone

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The amounts of naloxone being provided by local councils and prisons are ‘extremely limited’, warns a new report from Release. While all but three of the 152 local authorities who responded to Freedom of Information requests now supply the overdose-reversing medication – up from 90 per cent a year ago (DDN, February 2018, page […]

Be prepared! Train with naloxone

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Train your staff to empower service users with life-saving naloxone, says David Swain In the 1838 report to the House of Commons on causes of death, the coroners in England and Wales for the preceding year recorded that a third of all deaths were shown to be attributable to laudanum and other opium preparations. […]

DDNmarch10

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[…] place to swap ideas. DDN talked to some of the participants. 12 AWARENESS, ADVOCACY, ACTION! Dr Chris Ford and Danny Morris urged delegates to get involved in naloxone training, while Daren Garratt and Ursula Brown gave a guide to advocacy services. 14 THE PERSONAL TOUCH The Alliance opened discussion of the government’s proposed personalisation […]