Does take-home naloxone reduce non-fatal overdose?

Trevor Bennett, Katy Holloway, Sheila M. Bird*

*Corresponding author for this work

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After a 1 year assessment of community or prison-based prescription of take-home naloxone (THN) to opiate users in Wales, the Welsh Government rolled out nationally the prescription of THN later in 2011. The main aim was to reduce opiate-related overdose deaths from about 85 per year (for 2006–09). In 2010, there were 68 opiate-related deaths in Wales, but an 18% reduction was also reported in England (from 1065 opiate-related deaths per year in 2006–09, to 873 in 2010). Because of delays in death-registration in England and Wales,2 the data for 2011 and 2012 are still incomplete.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-125
Number of pages2
Issue number9912
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2014


  • non-fatal overdose
  • naloxone
  • opiate users


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