The Naloxone Project
Inclusion are the first organisation to develop and implement a protocol approved by RCGP SMMGP to save lives by supplying Naloxone to reverse the effects of drug overdose in line with the new 2015 legislation. This pioneering service which is saving both lives and money was awarded the 2016 Patient Safety Health Service Journal Award.
This project is about saving lives, it has achieved this to stunning effect. Over the last 12 months Inclusion have trained 2500+ people, saved 150+ lives and saved the NHS over £408,000.
In England and Wales, 765 deaths were registered in 2013 in which heroin or morphine were cited on the death certificate: an average of two every day and a significant increase of 32% compared to those registered in 2012. This increase brings the number of deaths relating to heroin or morphine to similar levels to 2010.
Inclusion have pioneered this project that is saving lives and money.
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The use of Naloxone kits not only saves lives, but also reduces A&E admissions and inpatient hospital stays.
As part of the project a training programme was devised to train service users and appropriate others in overdose awareness and Naloxone administration. Once individuals are trained they are given a Naloxone kit. The Naloxone project was started initially as a pilot by Inclusion back in 2011 and updated in 2015, in line with new legislation.
Inclusion had started preparing for the potential change in new legislation back in July 2015 so that the transition to the new model would be rapid, maximising the number of potential lives we could save.
Britain has a high number of drug related deaths, with opiate overdose remaining a major cause of death among drug users. In particular, people being released from prison are at high risk of drug overdose when they resume drug taking on release.
For every £1 spent on Naloxone there is a saving of £14.39 to the health economy.
Naloxone is a drug which temporarily reverses the effects of opioids such as heroin, methadone and morphine. For many years it has been used within emergency medical settings to prevent death.
On 1 October 2015 the Human Medicines (Amendment) (No 3) Regulations 2015 (2015/1503) came into force. This allows Naloxone to be supplied to anyone in the course of lawful drug treatment services where required for the purpose of saving life in an emergency.
Inclusion, developed and implemented a protocol to supply Naloxone to reverse the effects of drug overdose in line with this legislation with significant results.