Friday, May 20, 2011

News: Wales to Expand Naloxone Distribution

The United Kingdom was one of the first countries to take up naloxone distribution as a strategy for reducing overdose deaths, with Scotland leading the way.  

The BBC reports that now, after the pilot "Take Home Naloxone" project that began in 2009, Wales plans to step up its naloxone efforts. Wales is estimated to be home to roughly 20,000 "problem drug users" - presumably injectors. Six hundred eighty four naloxone kits were distributed in the initial project, with 51 overdose reversals reported.

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