Heroin addicts who have overdosed should be given a ‘magic medicine’ to bring them back to life, the chief drugs adviser to the government has said.
Professor Les Iversen said an injection of naloxone could save hundreds of drugs users’ lives.
At present, laws are thwarting attempts to roll out naloxone across the UK, because as an injectable medicine, it must be prescribed to a particular individual.
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs has appealed to the regulatory authorities to classify the medicine in the same bracket as diabetes drugs, which significant others are allowed to administer if the person who has collapsed is not able to do so.
Prof Iversen said: “If you make a prescription to a person, and that person keels over, they’re not in any position to inject themselves.
“They’re going to have to be injected by someone who’s a friend or a family member who’s been trained in the use of the rescue medication.
“A heroin overdose person could keel over and go into a coma and a single injection of naloxone can bring them back to life again. It is really a magic medicine.”