Peer Administered Naloxone

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.