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Ongoing: Petition to allow for the distribution of Naloxone to help prevent death from overdose.


Naloxone is a medicinal product which when administered to a person who is overdosing from an opioid such as Heroin, will quickly reverse the effects of the narcotic and prevent an overdose fatality. It is proven that the administration of Naloxone in life threatening overdose situations has saved lives.

In Ireland the use of Naloxone is restricted by the Medicinal Products (Prescription and Control of Supply) Regulations (2003). This limits the prescription of Naloxone such that it is not available to drug users at the point of overdose. This is not the case in other countries around the world (such as Wales/Scotland) where lay people are permitted to administer Naloxone.

If drug users and/or their family members had sufficient access to and training on the use of Naloxone, many unnecessary drug related deaths in Ireland could be prevented. The National Family Support Network and Merchants Quay Ireland are now calling on the Minister for Health to reclassify Naloxone and remove it from Column One of Article 5 of the Medicinal Products (Prescription and Control of Supply) Regulations 2003 and to also eliminate further restrictions by removing the limitations imposed by Part A of the First Schedule of the 2003 Regulations.

If you want to help the NFSN and Merchants Quay to make Naloxone avilable to those who need it most, please consider signing our petition which you will find by clicking here

Thank you!

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National Family Support Network
5 Gardiner Row, Dublin 1, Ireland

Phone: +353 (01) 8980148
Fax: +353 (01) 8889628
Email: info@fsn.ie
Web: www.fsn.ie

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