Naloxone is a medication used to temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose (such as heroin, methadone or morphine). Naloxone is short acting and lasts for less than an hour, always phone 999 for an ambulance and put the person in the recovery position.
Administering naloxone quickly could save a life, reversing the effects of an opioid overdose until the emergency services arrive. Remember to inform the emergency services that you have administered naloxone.
Who can be supplied with take home naloxone:
Anyone in East Dunbartonshire who is aged 16 and over, including:
- Person at risk
- Carer, a friend, or a family member of a service user at risk
- Any individual working in an environment where there is a risk of overdose for which the naloxone may be useful
- Anyone with an expired naloxone kit