Report findings confirm Naloxone Program saves lives

Released 13/02/2014

Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today released a summary of the interim findings of a review into the ACT's Naloxone Program which shows that there have been 23 reported successful overdose reversals using program-issued naloxone here in the ACT.

"Since the launch of the program in 2012, 160 people have completed overdose management training delivered by peer based drug user organisation, the Canberra Alliance For Harm Minimisation & Advocacy (CAHMA)," the Chief Minister said.

"This program is about saving lives and the 23 successful overdose reversals show that this program is achieving the desired results. As a result of this training, 23 people are alive today who may not have been without this program."

The opioid overdose management program, which was launched in December 2011 provides Naloxone on prescription to be administered by trained peers or family members in the event of an opioid overdose. 

Naloxone is a medication that has been used for over 40 years to safely and effectively reverse the effects of heroin and other opioids. Naloxone can reverse the effects of opioid overdose, but does not produce any intoxication itself and has no effect on people who don't have opioids in their system.

"I am very pleased that the interim findings have indicated positive results for the program," the Chief Minister said."Its also great to see similar programs being rolled out in New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria," she concluded.

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