August 2013

Following CREIDU's recent annual colloquium on injecting related harms, momentum continues to build around increasing the availbaility of naloxone to people who inject drugs, their families and peers, in a bid to reduce overdose-related deaths.

Yarra Drug and Alcohol Forum chief executive Greg Denham said drug and alcohol workers, doctors, police and City of Yarra representatives are due to meet this week to develop a strategy to distribute naloxone in the inner-city suburbs of Collingwood, Richmond and Fitzroy.

Burnet Institute head of alcohol and drug research, and CREIDU Deputy Chair, Professor Paul Dietze said programs to train people who injected opioids and their carers on how to administer naloxone were already in place in the ACT and New South Wales and the drug was in widespread community use in other countries, including the United States.

Read more in The Age here.

Read a report from the CREIDU annual colloquium here and see an overview of the event here.