The Take Home Naloxone program
The Take Home Naloxone program makes Naloxone available free* to people who may experience, or witness, an opioid overdose. Naloxone is a drug that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose or adverse reaction. Click here: https://www.health.gov.au/our-work/take-home-naloxone-program/about-opioid-overdose-and-adverse-reactions for information on opioid overdose and adverse reactions.
Naloxone works by blocking opioid drugs, such as heroin and oxycodone, from attaching to opioid receptors in the brain. After administering Naloxone it is vital to call an ambulance (000). Naloxone only lasts about 30-90 minutes and the person can overdose again once it wears off.
If you have a family member or someone you are caring for, that you believe is at risk of opioid overdose, chat to your UFS pharmacist about taking Naloxone home to have on hand if needed. This medication is free* of charge.
*Please note that when there is a shortage of Naloxone branded medication, a substitute product may be available, however, there is a cost payable for the substitute product, as it is not subsidised – please check with your pharmacist.
More information about this program is available at: https://www.health.gov.au/our-work/take-home-naloxone-program/about-the-take-home-naloxone-program#about-the-take-home-naloxone-program-