April 2013

Along with methadone and buprenorphone maintenance and safe injecting facilities, the provision of naloxone to potential overdose witnesses is a safe and effective strategy to reduce opioid overdose.

There are a number of successful initiatives underway (in ACT and NSW), and strong support from within the sector for the expanded provision of naloxone. Now is the time for further policy action and evaluation of this important strategy. Read the full article on page 41 of the June 2013 edition of Hep Review magazine.

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The Victorian Government intends to "assess and implement targeted interventions to widen the use and availability of naloxone...and take steps to encourage prescribing for use by family members, carers or nominated peers..."

Reducing the Alcohol and Drug Toll: Victoria's Plan 2013-2017 (p.38)