NTAHC Naloxone Access Program
WHAT IS NALOXONE?
Naloxone is a medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.
NTAHC's NSP team have established a distribution system for the free Naloxone kits which will be available from 1 September 2016.
There will be two Naloxone ampoules in each kit.
There are 40 kits available for distribution in total. The kits (without the medication) are stored at the NSP in Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs.
The Naloxone has been purchased by NTAHC and is being held at three participating pharmacies - Hibiscus Chemmart, Palmerston Superclinic and Priceline Pharmacy, Alice Plaza.
HOW DO I GET FREE NALOXONE FROM NTAHC?
The process to obtain a Naloxone kit is as follows:
You or anyone interested in acquiring a Naloxone kit can come to one of three NTAHC NSP's - in Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs.
DARWIN: 46 Woods St.
PALMERSTON: Palmerston Health Precinct; Cnr Temple Terrace & Roystonea Ave.
ALICE SPRINGS: Shop 3, Reg Harris Lane, Todd Mall.
- NSP staff go through the Responding to Opioid Overdose 'long' fact sheet (below or download the hi res version here) and questionnaire with you (the client) (note: NTAHC's NSP staff have been trained to deliver this by the NTG Department of Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Service)
- NTAHC's NSP staff take you and the kit to one of the three participating pharmacies - Hibiscus Chemmart, Palmerston Superclinic or Priceline Pharmacy, Alice Plaza.
- The pharmacist dispenses the 2 Naloxone ampoules and places them in the kit.
Clients are encouraged to notify the NSP once an ampoule is used so that a replacement can be secured (supplies permitting) and to obtain data.
VIDEOS ABOUT NALOXONE
Check out the videos in the link below. They explain how to recognise and respond to opioid overdose, including administering the life-saving medication naloxone.
Naloxone: saving lives, is for people who are at risk of opioid overdose and their friends and families. It explains how to recognise the signs of overdose and safely administer naloxone.
Naloxone: experience and perspectives – is for frontline workers and people who are at risk of overdose. In the video, police, ambulance officers, doctors and health workers speak about the lifesaving capacity of naloxone, and their support for its use in a community setting.”
Studies report that in 60 per cent of fatal opioid overdoses, someone else was present – so knowing how to recognise and respond to overdose can make a world of difference in an emergency.
SEE THE VIDEOS from Penington Institute here: http://www.penington.org.au/programs-and-campaigns/resources/overdose-pr...
FAQs ABOUT NALOXONE
- Q. What are the common names of 'opioids'?
A.Opioids are a class of pain killers that include morphine (eg MS Contin, Oxycontin, Endone, Kapanol), codeine (eg. Panadeine Forte), Fentanyl, methadone and heroin ( aka smack, hammer, etc)
- Q. Can Naloxone help someone who mixed pills and alcohol?
A. Naloxone will help if opioids are involved in an overdose
- Q. How long is Naloxone effective for?
A. Naloxone takes 2-5 mins to start working and lasts for about 20 mins
- Q. Where do I store Naloxone in my louvered house in Darwin?
A. Naloxone can be stored in a cool dry place (it doesn’t have to be in the fridge) and can be stored for up to 2 years
- Q. If my house/car is inspected by police am I considered a potential drug user and legally be able to be bought in for questioning if I have Naloxone?
A. It is not illegal to hold Naloxone. Naloxone is not a drug of delpendence and only works to reverse an opioid overdose
- Q. Do you, (or anyone in Darwin) give lessons on administering Naloxone correctly?
A. NSP staff have been trained on how to use Naloxone and education on how to use Naloxone is part of the process to obtain a Naloxone kit. The NTG Department of Health Alcohol and Others Drugs service run Naloxone ‘train the trainer’ and community education sessions
- Q. What happens when the 40 Naloxone packs donated by NTAHC run out? Will Naloxone still be available? How much will they cost?
A. Once the 40 (free) Naloxone kits NTAHC has purchased are distributed, Naloxone can still be obtained by prescription in the form of ampoules. Naloxone ampoules are available on the PBS. When written on a Dr's script, the cost for 5 ampoules will be $6.20 for concession card holders and $38.30 for all others. The ampoules can be purchased over the counter for $95 per box of 5 amps.