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Service Evaluation of Scotland's National Take-Home Naloxone Programme – Practitioners’ Report

Service Evaluation of Scotland's National Take-Home Naloxone Programme – Practitioners’ Report

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ISBN: 9781784126810

This research provides a service evaluation of Scotland's Take-Home Naloxone (THN) programme, rolled out from 2011 onwards, which aims to extend the distribution of naloxone to those at risk of opiod overdose and thus reduce the rate of drug-related deaths.

Executive Summary

The rate of drug-related deaths in Scotland increased steadily between 2002-2012 and is higher than other parts of the UK. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist which can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, allowing more time for an

ambulance to arrive and provide further treatment to those in opioid overdose situations. This research provides a service evaluation of Scotland’s Take-Home Naloxone (THN) programme, rolled out from 2011 onwards, which aims to extend the distribution of naloxone to those at risk of opioid overdose and thus reduce the rate of drug-related deaths.