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[Irish Medical Times] , Shannon, June New take-home pilot launched for naloxone. (27 May 2015)

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The HSE has announced details of a new pilot project to provide naloxone to opiate users in an effort to reduce drug-related deaths.

Under the project, which commenced last week, a total of 600 opiate users in Dublin City Centre, Dublin North/South, Limerick, Cork and Waterford will receive take home naloxone. Included in this number are opiate users who have recently been released from prison who have been identified as being at high risk of opioid overdose.

The drug users and those close to them have been trained on how to administer naloxone, which comes in a pre-filled syringe, and to recognise the signs of an overdose.

The project also involves training non-medical staff, such as care workers, family and peers, in the administration of a naloxone injection.

According to the HSE the training of all individuals and groups that may be involved in the delivery of the project is “important for its success”.....

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