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Calls for improved access to naloxone

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Nalaxone should be available for use by hostel managers, drug service workers and carers according to the Advisory council on the Misuse of drugs (ACMD).

Nalaxone, which is used to treat opiate overdose, is currently a prescription only medicine.

In a letter to the Medicines and Healthcare product Regulatory Agency, the ACMD suggest that the expanding provision of naloxone would ensure that drug users would have timely access to this potentially life saving treatment.

They stress that proper training and policies to ensure safe custody of the drug would accompany any changes in availability.

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  • I think it would be highly inappropriate for managers and care staff to administer naloxone to patients. One reason is the evidence that shows patients given the traditional method of an intramuscular injection, which works rapidly, wakes a patient up, but due to the longer half life of the opiate, a rebound effect can occur. Additionally, giving the kind of doses required to fully awaken a patient may precipitate an acute withdrawal episode which is also not advisable.
    Administration of naloxone should be done in a hospital setting under very controlled conditions, and if a care manager is immediately concerned for a persons safety or in an emergency, they should use the 999 system.

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