Knowledge of naloxone and take-home naloxone programs among a sample of people who inject drugs in Australia

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Author: Paul Dietze, Shelley Cogger, Dhanya Malandkar, Anna Olsen, Simon Lenton

Resource Type: Drug Trends Bulletins

Key findings
  • ƒNaloxone is an opioid overdose antidote that has been used safely for over 40 years
  • The large majority of PWID respondents had heard about naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote
  • Almost all participants reported naloxone functions correctly
  • A substantial minority of the entire sample reported knowing about take home naloxone programs, and this knowledge:
    • Increased over time; but
    • Varied by jurisdiction, with knowledge highest in jurisdictions with current programs
  • Reports of having received training in naloxone administration increased over time as did the relatively rare but increasing reports of naloxone administration after having been trained