This survey was conducted by the LGA's Research and Information team between 16 June and 5 July 2017, on behalf of the LGA and Public Health England, in order to better understand the use of naloxone across local authorities, and to demonstrate how it is considered by local authorities as part of their response to drug-related deaths.
The main findings are as follows:
- 90 per cent of respondent local authorities currently made available take-home naloxone.
- 99 per cent of respondents which made it available provided it through drug treatment services, 25 per cent did so through hostels and 25 per cent using outreach workers.
- 95 per cent of respondents which made it available provided it to drug treatment service users, 79 per cent to family/friends/carers of opiate users, and 64 per cent to opiate users not in treatment.
- 76 per cent of respondents which made it available had a policy or framework for its provision.
- 50 per cent of respondents which did not currently make it available (14) indicated that they would make it available if there were an increase in opiate overdoses in their area or an increase in drug-related deaths in their area.
- 29 per cent of respondents which did not currently make it available reported that the low number of local opiate-related deaths was a factor in their decision, and 21 per cent referred to the low number of local opiate overdoses.
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