Take Home Naloxone

Naloxone has the potential to save lives and is increasing being accepted as a valuable intervention in efforts to reduce overdoses and drug related deaths.

Naloxone is a Heroin ‘Antidote’

  • An ‘antidote to heroin’
  • Temporarily reverses the effects of an opiate overdose
  • It is short acting – wears off quickly
  • Overdose can last for 8 hours or more (especially with methadone)
  • Naloxone can begin to wear off after 20 mins
  • No effect on overdoses resulting from the use of other drugs
  • No potential for abuse
  • Naloxone precipitates WITHDRAWAL – the individual may want to use again straight away or become aggressive
  • Monitoring required after initial administration

How Naloxone Can Help

  • Reduce morbidity and mortality associated with drug use
  • Promote harm reduction by disseminating appropriate equipment and information
  • Improve health and social care for drug users and their carers
  • Enhance service provision for service users
  • Provide consistent communication about the acute risks of drugs