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Drug and Alcohol Findings. (2016) Scottish national naloxone programme saved lives after release from prison. Drug and Alcohol Findings Research Analysis , (27 September 2016) .

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In 2011 Scotland became the first country to fund a national policy of distributing the opiate-blocker naloxone to prevent deaths involving opiate-type drugs. According to this evaluation it did prevent deaths where the effect was most likely to be seen – in the weeks after release from prison..

Key points from summary and commentary
• Naloxone is an opioid antagonist which blocks the effects of opiate-type drugs, including those which lead to fatal overdose.
• In 2011 Scotland became the first country to fund a national policy of distributing naloxone to prevent deaths involving opiate-type drugs.
• A national evaluation found it did prevent deaths where the effect was most likely to be seen – in the weeks after release from prison.

 

See also

Cost-effectiveness of distributing naloxone to heroin users for lay overdose reversal. from Drug and Alcohol Findings Bulletin 21 December 2016

Life-saving potential of overdose education and nasal naloxone from Drug and Alcohol Findings Bulletin 27 September 2016

Long-acting opiate-blocker helps released prisoners avoid re-addiction from Drug and Alcohol Findings Bulletin 11 April 2016 

Did prison methadone save lives in Scotland? from Drug and Alcohol Findings Bulletin 19 February 2016

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