Expanding access to naloxone

Date published: 05 August 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) want your views on proposed changes to the UK Human Medicine Regulations on expanding access to Naloxone.

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The UK government, with the Minister of Health in Northern Ireland, is seeking views on proposed changes to the Human Medicine Regulations 2012 to widen access to Naloxone by expanding the list of services and individuals that can give it out without a prescription or other written instruction. Naloxone is a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, and therefore can help to prevent overdose deaths.

Link to DHSC Press Release: 

Government consults on increasing access to lifesaving overdose medicine - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Link to Consultation Documents: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-expanding-access-to-naloxone/consultation-on-expanding-access-to-naloxone#introduction-to-naloxone), and the response form can be accessed here: https://consultations.dhsc.gov.uk/60e8601f8a321f259e2f104b.


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