Increasing Understanding and Responses to Opioid Overdoses in South Africa Through a Pilot Take-Home Naloxone Programme

Increasing Understanding and Responses to Opioid Overdoses in South Africa Through a Pilot Take-Home Naloxone Programme

During the SACENDU Virtual Symposium, held online on 19th and 20th October 2021, SANPUD team member and Researcher with the Department of Family Medicine, University of Pretoria, presented an overview of Increasing understanding and responses to opioid overdoses in South Africa through a pilot take-home naloxone programme,  which provides details of the pilot take-home Naloxone programme.

The programme was developed by MJ Stowe in collaboration with INHSU Board Member Dr Andrew Scheibe, Advanced Access & Delivery’s Michael Wilson, SANPUD Executive Director Angela McBride and SANPUD Founding Member & TBHIV Care’s PWUD Projects, Policy, Advocacy & Human Rights Manager, Shaun Shelly.

 

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The programme was developed on a peer-based approach, where in addition to healthcare professionals, champions from the PWUD community  were trained to act as the ‘go-to’ person for overdose (and other harm reduction supplies/commodities) in a specific geographic area.

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