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  • Naloxone in Ireland

    Posted on April 12th, 2012 TimB No comments

  • Overdose Reversal Drug Naloxone Has Saved 10,000 Lives

    Posted on February 17th, 2012 TimB No comments

    A new report released today in the Center for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report shows that more than 10,000 drug overdoses have been successfully reversed by the generic drug naloxone. The report, “Community-Based Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs Providing Naloxone,” indicates that over a period of fifteen years, just under 200 programs across the country have prevented thousands of deaths.

    “It’s extremely gratifying to see the CDC reporting what so many of us have known for so long—community-based naloxone distribution works and saves lives,” said Drug Policy Alliance Harm Reduction Coordinator Meghan Ralston.

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  • Lightlake Therapeutics Inc. to discuss with King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry on the Development of a New Opiate Overdose Treatment

    Posted on January 6th, 2012 TimB No comments

    Lightlake Therapeutics Inc. (LLTP – OTCBB),(the “Company” or “Lightlake”), an early stage biopharmaceutical company developing modern addiction treatments based on its expertise using opioid antagonists, announced today that it is seeking to collaborate with Europe’s largest centre for research and post-graduate education in psychiatry, King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry, to develop a new treatment for opiate overdose.

    Lightlake has agreed to liaise with Professor John Strang, Head of Addictions at King’s’ Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) and Director of the National Addiction Centre who has pioneered the approach of Take-Home Emergency Naloxone to prevent heroin overdose deaths. It is now established that there are times of particular risk, such as on release from prison in the UK, where prisoners with previous heroin addiction histories are over seven times more likely to suffer a drug-related death during the first two weeks after their release, and one in 200 released prisoners in the UK with a history of heroin use die from a drug-related death within four weeks of re-entering society. Lightlake hope to develop a new naloxone spray suitable for heroin overdose resuscitation, and which may be particularly suitable for administration by a parent or other family member.

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  • UK GPs to be given go-ahead on prescribing Scottish Take Home Naloxone kits

    Posted on October 17th, 2011 TimB No comments

    GPs across the UK will soon be able to prescribe life-saving injecting kits pioneered nationally by Scotland’s ground-breaking Take Home Naloxone programme.

    Scottish Drugs Forum has learned that the UK Medicines and Health Care Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has agreed to licence the programme’s customised naloxone emergency injecting kits – a move essential for GPs to be able to prescribe them.

    The move – actively supported by Scottish Drugs Forum – should mean more patients being able to access these kits, with the ultimate aim of reducing the number of drug deaths.

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  • The NTA overdose and Naloxone Training Programme for Families And Carers

    Posted on August 8th, 2011 TimB No comments

    In 2010 the NTA helped 16 pilot sites across England to train the carers and relations of opiate misusers to respond to drug overdoses and use the antidote naloxone.

    The project appears to have helped save lives. This was despite difficulties with recruitment, and limited evidence that carers are the most appropriate people to receive the training. While those carers who were trained said they found it valuable, a wider impact may be possible if the training focuses on all service users at risk of opioid overdose. An overview of the main findings of the project follows, along with advice for local areas interested in setting up their own training programmes for carers.

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  • Heroin overdose antidote should be given to prisoners, UK ministers told

    Posted on April 14th, 2011 TimB No comments

    The government’s official drug advisers say ‘magic medicine’ naloxone could save 500 lives a year

    The government’s official drug advisers are urging ministers to provide all prisoners at risk of overdosing with a “magic medicine” that could save up to 500 lives a year.

    The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) wants all prisoners leaving jail in Britain handed packs of naloxone, a drug that reverses the symptoms of a morphine or heroin overdose for 45 minutes, which could be long enough to get emergency treatment.

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  • Stopping Overdose: Peer-based distribution of naloxone

    Posted on April 12th, 2011 TimB No comments

    While much attention has focused on risks of HIV transmission, overdose is a major and often  overlooked cause of death among people who inject  heroin or other opioids. Yet there is a safe and  effective treatment: the medication naloxone.

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  • position paper on access to Naloxone Hydrochloride for potential opioid overdose witnesses

    Posted on February 5th, 2011 TimB No comments

    Naloxone Hydrochloride has no other action than to reduce the effect of heroin and other opioids. It does not result in intoxication. It has been used to safely reverse the effects of opioid  intoxication  in  hospital  and  pre-hospital  emergency  situations  for  decades.

    Although Naloxone is currently only available on prescription in Australia, international experience demonstrates that non-medical personnel can be trained to safely administer Naloxone Hydrochloride to reverse the effects of opioid overdose and prevent death and disability.

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  • naloxone saves lives

    Posted on November 21st, 2010 TimB No comments

  • Naloxone Saves the Lives of Addicts

    Posted on July 25th, 2010 TimB No comments

    In a haunted world of heroin and hurt and heartless hustles, located between a dusty brickyard and rusty railroad tracks along the border of Chicago and blue-collar Cicero, Steve Kamenicky is the go-to guy.

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