From evidence to policy: The Scottish national naloxone programme

Andrew McAuley, David Best, Avril Taylor, Carole Hunter, Roy Robertson

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Abstract

Drug-related death (DRD) is a major public health problem globally, with rates in Scotland higher than any other UK region and among the highest in Europe. One of the most important public health interventions to emerge aimed at tackling rising DRD rates is the distribution of naloxone, the opioid antagonist, for peer administration. The Scottish Government established a national naloxone programme in 2010 aimed at reducing the increasing levels of DRD. The national coverage of the programme is unique by comparison and is an important development in substance misuse public health. This review aims to describe the journey to this landmark public health programme, detailing the research, advocacy and policy contributions that facilitated its creation. The use of naloxone in other countries will also be described, discussing the barriers in place to adopting similar national programmes elsewhere.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-319
Number of pages20
JournalDrugs: Education, Prevention and Policy
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • DRUG-RELATED DEATHS
  • TAKE-HOME NALOXONE
  • HEROIN OVERDOSE
  • OPIATE OVERDOSE
  • USERS
  • METHADONE
  • SCOTLAND
  • IMPACT
  • ALCOHOL
  • WEST

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