Life-saving Naloxone kits now out across the county

Naloxone kits, which have saved the lives of people overdosing on opiates, are now being distributed from all North Yorkshire Horizons’ hubs.

Supported by North Yorkshire Police and Public Health, Horizons began handing out the kits as part of a Take-Home Naloxone (THN) Programme in early July.

Naloxone is an opioid agonist medication that can be used to save lives if administered shortly after the onset of an opiate overdose. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs  has recommended that as many areas as possible introduce a THN programme in response to rising numbers of drug related deaths.

 It’s expected the kits, which include instructions and information, will reduce drug related deaths and reduce risks.

It’s also hoped the distribution of the kits will enhance service provision for people accessing North Yorkshire Horizons and enhance communication about the acute risks of drugs.

Rachel Demoraes, of Horizons, said: ‘As an incredibly large, diverse and rural county, it was important to North Yorkshire Horizons to find a way to provide Naloxone to as many vulnerable opiate users as possible in order to promote the service, harm reduction and, ultimately, to save lives.’

Dr Lincoln Sargeant, Director of North Yorkshire County Council Public Health, said: “Since 2012 we have seen a rise in drug misuse deaths which mirrors the pattern across England. Deaths due to heroin and/or morphine accounting for a third (32%) of all deaths related to drug poisoning.

“The provision of Take Home. Naloxone has been identified by Public Health England and in the government’s 2017 Drug Strategy as an effective approach to reduce the number of such deaths. We are very pleased to have been able to support the development of a Take Home Naloxone programme in partnership with North Yorkshire Horizons and North Yorkshire Police.”

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