A pilot scheme has shown that providing family and friends with training and the drug naloxone seems to reduce deaths from overdose among heroin users and other opioids misusers, says the English National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, a special health authority of the NHS.
During the pilot scheme 20 users overdosed, and carers gave naloxone to 18. All the users survived. Family members, partners, or other drug users are often first to find a user who has overdosed.
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