Overdose Prevention

Drug deaths have been increasing nationally, and across Fife. In 2014, Fife experienced forty-six drug related deaths. A majority of fatal drug overdoses across Fife involve opioid overdose. An opioid overdose results in over-depression of the central nervous system which can lead to respiratory failure. Such deaths can be avoided with the use of Naloxone.

Naloxone is safe and can save lives.

There is a broad consensus among health and substance misuse professionals that Naloxone should be freely available to all opioid users and those around them. In 2012, The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) recommended that ‘take home’ Naloxone should be more widely available. ‘Take home’ Naloxone is issued by a prescriber or someone within a recognised drug treatment service in order to be used in an emergency situation.

Naloxone is being rolled out across Scotland via the Scottish National Naloxone Programme.

On 1st October 2015, new regulations came into force which allows for Naloxone to be made more widely available.


Where to get Naloxone

Naloxone is available by:

  • Attending a drop-in clinic
  • Contacting the following Fife recovery services:
  • Or visiting the following pharmacies:
    • JBB Dick Ltd, 28 East Port, Dunfermline, KY12 7JB
    • Alderston Pharmacy, 6 Alderston Drive, Dunfermline, KY12 0XU
    • Boots the Chemist, Lyon Square, Glenrothes, KY7 5NR
    • St Clair Pharmacy, 233 St Clair Street, Kirkcaldy, KY1 2BY
    • Boots the Chemist, 116-120 High Street, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1NQ
    • Boots the Chemist, Retail Park, Kirkcaldy, KY2 6QL
    • Boots the Chemist, 47 High Street, Leven, KY8 4NE
    • Your Local Boots Pharmacy, Ajax Way, Methil, KY8 3EQ