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Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that reverses the effects of opioids including heroin and pharmaceutical opioids such as methadone and morphine.

What is naloxone?

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that reverses the effects of opioids including heroin and pharmaceutical opioids such as methadone and morphine.

Naloxone is safe to use, non- addictive and has no active effect other than to reverse opioid overdose. Administering naloxone can reverse the effects of an overdose and keep a person alive and breathing until the ambulance arrives.

What is the Take Home Naloxone Pilot?

The Australian Government is investing $10 million in a Take Home Naloxone Pilot. Under the pilot, until June 30 2021, naloxone will be available free to people who may either experience, or witness, an opioid overdose. No prescription will be required.

How can I get Naloxone under the Take Home Naloxone Pilot?

All Clean Needle Programs (CNPs) can provide vouchers that can be redeemed for free naloxone at participating pharmacies. When providing vouchers, CNP staff will also provide information on overdose prevention and response and information on how to use naloxone.  Vouchers can also be accessed from drug and alcohol treatment services and general practitioners.

There are currently 2 types of naloxone available: naloxone ampoules and naloxone nasal spray.
You can decide which type of naloxone you would like to use. If you are going to use the ampoules, you will need to make sure you access 5 x 3ml syringes and 5 x 23 gauge needle tips (minimum 1 inch) and a sharps disposal unit. If you access vouchers from CNPs this equipment will be provided to you at the time, otherwise you will need to visit your nearest CNP to access the equipment to use with the naloxone ampoules. You do not need any additional equipment for the naloxone nasal spray.

The location of Hepatitis SA Peer staffed Clean Needle Programs can be found on our CNP Sites page.

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