Understanding the impediments to uptake and diffusion of take-home naloxone in Australia

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Project Team

Professor Suzanne Fraser, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Dr Robyn Dwyer, La Trobe University/National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Professor Paul Dietze, Burnet Institute

Dr Joanne Neale, King’s College, London

Professor John Strang, King’s College, London

Research Staff

Dr Adrian Farrugia

Ms Renae Fomiatti

Project

Take-home naloxone is available in Australia both on prescription and over the counter, yet distribution to people at risk of overdose or connected with those at risk is weak. Programs providing take-home naloxone to opioid consumers exist in some Australian cities, but uptake remains minimal. The reasons for this are not well understood. This qualitative project will collect the stories of people who consume opioids, prescribers and pharmacists to better understand the issues surrounding take-home naloxone. It will then produce a high quality online resource presenting rigorously collected and analysed personal stories of opioid overdose and naloxone administration, organised thematically and narratively in a range of formats. The aim is to inform those affected by overdose, professionals and the wider Australian community about take-home naloxone, to improve understanding of the issues relating to take-home naloxone, its distribution and use, and in doing so save lives.

Advisory panel

Jane Dicka, Harm Reduction Victoria

Elizabeth Carrigan, Australian Pain Management Association

Amy Herbert, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

Tanya Merinda, New South Wales Ministry of Health

Angelo Pricolo, Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Dr Marianna Jauncey, Medically Supervised Injecting Centre

Trevor King, Uniting Care ReGen

Professor Adrian Dunlop, Hunter New England Area Health

Current activities

Interviews with people who have experience consuming opioids are currently underway in Victoria.

Recruitment and interviews with health professionals relevant to take-home naloxone in Victoria will begin shortly.

Recruitment and interviewing in NSW will commence late 2017.