Distribution of naloxone for peer administration is an intervention with the potential to reduce the number of fatal heroin overdoses. Since the early 1990’s, Australian experts have suggested that Naloxone hydrochloride should be provided to heroin users for administration by their peers in an overdose situation. Peer distribution programs have been successfully operating internationally for a number of years with few, if any adverse effects. Naloxone has been shown to be a remarkably safe intervention when administered by trained IDU peers.
Australia's first official naloxone trial was launched in the ACT on the 16th Decmeber 2011 at the ACT Legislative Assembly by the ACT Cheif Minister, Katy Gallagher.
Below is a collection of resources, proposals and media articles on peer administration of naloxone.
- Adrienne Francis, (Video) Overdose antidote trial begins in Canberra, 7pm ABC News
- Adrienne Francis, Overdose antidote training, AM with Tony Eastley
- Noel Towell, Capital addicts get help at home, The Canberra Times
- Adrienne Francis, Overdose Antidote to be trialled in Canberra, ABC News
- Maia Szalavitz, Drugs, Risk and the Myth of the Evil Addict, New York Times
- Maia Szalavitz, For Many, a Life-Saving Drug Out of Reach, New York Times
- Adrienne Francis, Overdose antidote to be trialed in Canberra, ABC News
- Opportunities for Progressing a Pilot Peer Administer Naloxone Program in the ACT – CAHMA Proposal (PDF, 167 Kb)
- ATODA Overdose Prevention and Intervention: Naloxone Trial Proposal (PDF, 54 Kb)
- ABC News Article "Overdose antidote scheme 'could save lives"
- Entee et al, (2010), Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Prescription for Opioid Users in San Francisco, Journal of Urban Health, (PDF, 156 Kb)