At least 22 lives saved by emergency overdose drug in three years
he HSE has estimated that at least 22 people's lives were saved over a three-year period thanks to receiving the emergency drug naloxone, which is used to treat those who have overdosed.
The figure is contained in a new HSE report on the use of the drug in addiction and homeless service providers.
Naloxone rapidly reverses the effects of opioid overdose. The report shows it was administered 569 times in the period 2018-2020, with 62% of those who received it having overdosed by injecting drugs, and just over half having taken more than one drug.
Three-quarters of the incidents in which naloxone was used were in Dublin, with the second highest level of use in the South-West, followed by Kildare, and then in a range of counties including Cork.
The HSE developed a Naloxone Training Programme for service providers following a successful pilot project in 2015.
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Source: The Irish Examiner, 16/06/2022