Naloxone - National Overdose Awareness Campaign UK
28 April, 2021
A new national Overdose Awareness and Naloxone campaign has launched in the UK.
A national Overdose Awareness and Naloxone campaign launched in April 2021 across cities in the UK to highlight the importance of understanding overdose risks, and make Naloxone available to everyone.
Naloxone is a drug that can reverse the effects of opioids, such as heroin, methadone, opium, codeine, morphine and buprenorphine. Naloxone can save someone’s life if it's used quickly after they’ve overdosed on opioids. Medical professionals have been using naloxone in emergencies for many years and campaigns like this encourage everyone from members of the public to community police offers to be trained in using Naloxone and carry it with them in case of emergency.
The campaign features people who have all been personally affected by overdose, have been trained in overdose prevention and carry naloxone. Using lived experience challenges the stigmatising lens that people who use opiates are often viewed through, which leads to prejudice and discrimination.
View some of the posters, and read more about the campaign here: https://www.talkingdrugs.org/national-overdose-awareness-and-naloxone-campaign-launches-in-the-uk
If you'd like to find out more about access to Naloxone training, contact us and we can signpost you.