Overdose deaths are preventable. Harm reduction offers evidence-based tools and strategies that reduce the risk of dying from a drug overdose. Almost 200 people die from an overdose every day, which equals 70,000 avoidable deaths every year.
People who use drugs can be supported with information to mitigate the risk of an overdose and to stop an overdose while it’s happening.
The overall aim of the National Naloxone Programme is to contribute to a reduction in fatal opioid overdoses in Scotland. Naloxone is a medication that temporarily reverses the effects of opioid overdose, available to anyone at risk of opioid overdose.
Information and WHO recommendation on opioid overdose
Naloxone therapy in opioid overdose patients: intranasal or intravenous? A randomized clinical trial