This brief provides an overview of opioid overdose prevention and treatment approaches as well as barriers to accessing treatment.
Key points in the brief include:
- Availability and accessibility of Naloxone
- Opioid overdose prevention and treatment approaches
- Harm reduction interventions
- Take-home Naloxone (THN)
- Drug Consumption Rooms (DCRS)
- Heroin-Assisted Treatment (HAT)
- Potential future approaches to opioid overdose prevention and treatment
- Technological approaches to prevent or respond to an opioid overdose
- Opioid dispensing vending machines
- Barriers to accessing opioid overdose treatment and opportunities to overcome them
- Medicalisation of harm reduction programmes
- Good practice models of Naloxone access
- For legislators, policy makers and advocates
- For healthcare providers
- For networks/groups of people most affected by opioid use
- For donors and development agencies.
This is the third publication in the IAS Policy Brief Series on inclusive care services and policies for people who use drugs.