More naloxone drug overdose reversal kits distributed
(BBC News, Scotland, 28 October 2014)
A pioneering programme in Scotland which aims to reduce deaths from heroin overdose by proving kits containing naloxone has been expanded. Figures released by the Information Services Division, part of NHS Scotland, reveal the distribution of the kits by health services and prisons has increased from 3,878 in 2012-2013 to 6,472 in the past year.
Health statistician Sheila Bird from the MRC Biostatistics Unit believes the programme has helped to save more than 40 lives.
Community Safety Minister Roseanna Cunningham MSP said: “One drug-related death is one too many. Our world leading programme for take home naloxone, alongside life-saving training, sends a clear message that lives matter and will help those who may not have engaged with drugs services before.”