This release by Public Health Scotland is the first in a series of quarterly management information reports, providing up-to-date information about the number of take-home naloxone kits issued by the National Naloxone Programme in Scotland.
Data are presented separately for kits issued from community outlets, kits issued in prisons at the point of prisoner release, kits dispensed via community prescription and kits supplied to people at the scene of an opioid overdose attended by Scottish Ambulance Service.
Accidental overdose is a common cause of death among users of heroin, morphine and similar drugs, which are referred to as opioids. Naloxone is a drug which reverses the effects of a potentially fatal overdose with these drugs.
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