Naloxone is a prescribed medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opiate overdose.
In December 2013 some Nottingham City drug treatment services began to prescribe supplies of injectable Naloxone to drug users who had completed an overdose response training course.
Supplies could also be obtained from a GP prescription (depending on whether your GP is willing to prescribe).
Overdose response courses and Naloxone are offered at a variety of treatment services including:
• The Woodlands in-patient unit
Those completing the course that are identified as being most at risk of an opiate overdose could be offered a supply of Naloxone and training that shows how to use it in an emergency.
By October 2014, 7 service users who had completed the training had successfully used their supply of Naloxone to revive someone who had overdosed.