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ERIC Number: EJ889596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7637
Responsible Management and Use of a Personal Take-Home Naloxone Supply: A Pilot Project
McAuley, Andrew; Lindsay, George; Woods, Maureen; Louttit, Derek
Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, v17 n4 p388-399 2010
Aims: To assess if Scottish drug users, their family and friends could be trained in critical incident management and the safe and effective administration of naloxone. The project also sought to monitor whether drug users can manage their own personal take-home naloxone (THN) supply and use it appropriately in an emergency opiate overdose situation. Methods: Twenty-three clients were trained alongside 18 "buddies" and 19 clients were issued with naloxone packs following successful completion of training. Findings: Three overdoses were witnessed by three participant clients during the pilot with two reported "saves"; pilot training procedure was followed on both occasions. Each reported overdose was validated by police and ambulance service records. Eighty-nine percent (n = 17) were followed up at 2 months; 94% (n = 16) of these claimed to still have their THN; 89% (n = 17) followed up at 6 months; 100% (n = 17) of these claimed to still have their THN. Results: This data suggests that Scottish drug users can be trained to identify and respond to an opiate overdose utilizing basic life support and naloxone administration skills similar to their counterparts from other parts of the world. Moreover these results suggest that a majority of opiate users can responsibly manage their own personal THN supply when trained appropriately. (Contains 1 note and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)