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  • Lynn Ruane – The impact of Drug Overdose in the Community

    Posted on April 30th, 2016 TimB No comments

  • Request for Expressions of Interest: to carry out an Evaluation of the HSE Naloxone Demonstration Project

    Posted on April 2nd, 2015 TimB No comments

    The HSE has a stated commitment to take actions which focus on reducing the number of drug-related deaths and near-fatal drug poisonings. The HSE is currently finalising a Naloxone Demonstration Project, the purpose of which is to have Naloxone available for use by opioid users in order to prevent overdose. This project meets one of the key actions contained in the Primary Care Division Operational Plan 2015, “Implement a Naloxone Demonstration Project to assess and evaluate its suitability and impact (in line with NDS Action 40).”

    The demonstration project involves 600 patients receiving take-home Naloxone within the current legislative framework.  The product (Prenoxad 1mg/ml injection) is a licensed injectable administered via the parenteral route and formulated in a specific overdose pack. This allows for lay administration. The product is currently available inWales and England.

    A key element of the demonstration project is the provision of training for drug users and those close to them, on the use of Naloxone and on recognising and dealing with overdose events.


  • Take-home naloxone programmes in Europe — overdose prevention

    Posted on December 19th, 2014 TimB No comments

  • Drug-related deaths and deaths among drug users in Ireland

    Posted on December 17th, 2014 TimB No comments

    In the nine-year period 2004–2012 a total of 5,289 deaths by drug poisoning and deaths among drug users met the criteria for inclusion in the NDRDI database.

    • Of these deaths, 3,112 were due to poisoning and 2,177 were deaths among drug users (non-poisoning) (Table 1).
    • There were 633 deaths in 2012, compared to 645 in 2011. Despite this decrease the overall trend for the reporting period is upwards (Table 1). The 2012 figure is likely to be revised upwards when new data become available.
    • Deaths due to polydrug use have increased by 60% over the reporting period from 118 in 2004 to 189 in 2012 (Figure 3).



  • Best Practice for Overdose Prevention on the release from Prison

    Posted on October 10th, 2014 TimB No comments

    This ‘Fact Sheet’ reports on good practice models in four European Union (EU) countries – Scotland, Denmark, Italy and Spain (more specifically, the Catalonia region) – on overdose prevention and management programmes upon release from prison. The main findings are concluded with recommendations made regarding their relevance to the five target countries of the project: Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.

    Information gathered includes programme descriptions; evidence of effectiveness; functioning; and involvement of people who use drugs. The methodology for collection and documentation of good practices is based on reports and guidance from leading organizations in the field such as the World Health Organization, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
    (EMCDDA) etc. This fact sheet is of particular relevance to prison staff, health care professionals and people who use drugs.


  • Annual deaths related to heroin and morphine continue to drop in the UK

    Posted on March 8th, 2013 TimB No comments

    Annual deaths related to heroin and morphine are continuing to drop significantly, falling from 41 per cent of total drug-related deaths in the UK in 2010 to 32 per cent in 2011. Meanwhile, deaths from ‘legal highs’ – some of which have now been banned – remained steady following a large increase in the previous year.

    In total, UK drug-related deaths fell by seven per cent from 1,883 in 2010 to 1,757 in 2011, as revealed today (28 February) in the National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths (np-SAD) 2012 report. This continues a two-year downward trend that saw deaths fall by 14 per cent from 2009 to 2010.

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  • Ireland has the third-highest rate of drug deaths out of 30 European countries, according to new figures.

    Posted on July 30th, 2012 TimB No comments

    Ireland has the third-highest rate of drug deaths out of 30 European countries, according to new figures.

    The data, collected by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, shows that Irish death levels are almost four times the average among the 27 EU countries.

    The agency also collected figures for three non-EU countries: Norway, Croatia, and Turkey.

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  • Substance use and overdose prevention and intervention.

    Posted on July 24th, 2012 TimB No comments

    Stephen Malloy presented at the addiction masterclass in June 2012 in Dublin . The INEF is in the process of launching a new Naloxone site you can sign up and register for news updates on Naloxone

  • Gardai say more certain to die from lethal cocktail of drink and drugs

    Posted on July 16th, 2012 TimB No comments

    An increasing  trend of mixing alcohol with drugs is having a potentially lethal effect on young revellers. When drugs such as ecstasy first hit the dance scene, users often chose to avoid alcohol altogether.

    But gardai are now warning that users are mixing cocaine, ecstasy, alcohol and other drugs, with dangerous consequences. The chances of a cardiac arrest are increased twenty fold if someone mixes cocaine and alcohol, according to experts.

    Mixing drugs — known as polydrug use — claimed the lives of two young men who died after last weekend’s Swedish House Mafia concert at Phoenix Park in Dublin, according to initial toxicology tests.

    Senior gardai have warned more deaths will almost certainly follow if users continue to consume either a mixture of drugs or combine one drug with alcohol.

    Studies by experienced officers have shown that most deaths arising from concerts and parties are a result of mixtures — usually a combination of cocaine and ecstasy with alcohol, or a variety of pills.

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  • Overdose Prevention and Response

    Posted on February 21st, 2012 TimB No comments

    This is a document that can be printed out which gives clear points on overdose prevention


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