The Australian Government is investing in a pilot program to make naloxone available free to people who may experience, or witness, an opioid overdose.
Naloxone is a drug that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose or adverse reaction. If someone has overdosed on opioids they will be unconscious or awake, but unable to talk. It’s unlikely they will be able to administer naloxone themselves. Naloxone can administered by injection or delivered through a nasal spray.
The Take-Home Naloxone pilot program is for:
people who are at risk of an opioid overdose or adverse reaction, their carers, friends and family members
approved providers such as community pharmacists, dispensing doctors and hospital pharmacists