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: