In 2009 we were approached by Marion Barton (Social Inclusion Lead CIOS DAAT) and asked if we would pilot the introduction of Naloxone project in our Supported Accommodation which, after learning of its use, we readily agreed to do.
The proposal was that we should make Naloxone available in Cosgarne Hall for use by both our staff and the residents themselves, in order to reduce the risk of death from overdose among Heroin users living here.
Since the inception of the programme, Naloxone has saved the lives of 45 of our residents who would undoubtedly be dead now were it not for the availability of Naloxone in our premises.
Naloxone is an “opiate antagonist”. It works by blocking the effects of opiates to relieve dangerous symptoms caused by high levels of opiates in the blood. Naloxone injection and naloxone pre-filled auto-injection devices are used along with emergency medical treatment to reverse the life-threatening effects of an opiate (narcotic) overdose.