Friday, May 11, 2012

UK Government Committee Endorsed Naloxone Distribution

Harm reductionists in the United Kingdom were among the first to take up leadership on overdose prevention, and now in more good news the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has issued a new report (PDF) which concludes that:
"naloxone provision is an evidence-based intervention, which can save lives. Naloxone provision fits with other measures to promote recovery by encouraging drug users to engage with treatment services, and ultimately, keep them alive until they are in recovery."
Established in 1971 under the Home Office, the ACMD is Britain's chief independent advisory body on drug related issues. 

The report is worth reading and citing. Aside from being politically useful it provides a review of overdose prevention programs in the UK as well as summaries of British and international evidence for naloxone provision.

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