More than 150,000 take-home naloxone kits, which can prevent fatal overdoses from heroin, have been issued since a programme began in 2011.

The latest, national, naloxone programme monitoring report found a total of 28,689 kits were issued in Scotland in 2022-23.

This is down 1% on the previous year but, over the length of the programme, 151,944 take-home naloxone kits have been supplied in Scotland.

Naloxone reverses the effects of a potentially fatal overdose from opioid drugs such as heroin and morphine.

Most kits were distributed from community outlets in 2022-23, while 1,929 kits were issued in prisons upon release and 1,225 kits were distributed by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Since 2019, nasally-administered naloxone has become available and its use is becoming more common.

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