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Call for opioid antidote to be available without prescription

A GP specialising in substance abuse has called on the Government to provide naloxone to drug-users and their families without prescription.

According to Dublin GP Dr Garrett McGovern, naloxone, which can reverse the effects of overdose from opioid drugs such as heroin, should be handed out “like condoms” in order to help save lives.

“In the same way the needle exchange service is provided and like condoms are given out, I think naloxone should be given out like that, as a low-threshold service,” Dr McGovern told the Medical Independent (MI). “The drug should not be on prescription because the abuse potential is nil.”

Dr McGovern said there was “no buzz” from taking the opioid antagonist naloxone and it only interacts with opioids.

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Source: Niamh Cahill, medicalindependent.ie, 09/08/2018

Posted by drugs.ie on 08/09 at 09:36 AM in
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