Recently as part of my day job with HIT I've been working on a new naloxone website which will be launching soon. This means that naloxone is talked about in my household quite a bit, and as a result my daughter has taken an interest (especially as she's been learning the recovery position at school) and she decided she wanted to make a film about it.
Naloxone supply is starting to increase accross the UK, Scotland and Wales have national distribution programmes, Ireland is starting its programme, and England.... well England is a far more patchy supply with many areas having no access to this life saving medication.
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Naloxone is a prescription only medication and in the UK is only really available in an injectable form. Now, it's pretty obvious that naloxone is not going to be self injected by the person it's prescribed to. But that's not a problem as the law allows ANYONE to inject someone having an overdose with any naloxone available (and there are no limits on age). This is the same piece of law that allows insulin etc to be injected by others to save a life (note: unlike naloxone there is no postcode lottery on insulin provision).
As I mentioned above this film was the idea of my 9 year old daughter. She started with the idea of filming the recovery position and then developed the idea to include naloxone. One thing that I think is important to remember is that this was the idea of a child, she can see the clear logic in naloxone availability, so why is it taking so long to get some drug services in England to understand.blog comments powered by Disqus
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