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WHO Recognises Scotlandís Naxolone Programme Motion, 16/01/15 [S]

Motion lodged before the Scottish Parliament on 16 January 2015 by Richard Simpson (Lab) on WHO Recognises Scotlandís Naxolone Programme. The full text of the motion reads:

That the Parliament notes the report, Community management of opioid overdose, by the World Health Organization (WHO), which estimates that 69,000 people die each year from opioid overdose; understands that, among people who inject drugs, opioid overdose is the second most common cause of death after HIV/AIDS; welcomes the new WHO guidelines, which were released on 4 November 2014, and its aim to reduce the number of opioid-related deaths globally; believes that the guidelines recommend that countries expand naloxone access to people likely to witness an overdose, such as friends, family members, partners of people who use drugs and social workers; welcomes that the report highlights the world-leading work undertaken in Scotland to introduce the first national naloxone programme, and commends the work of the National Forum on Drug Related Deaths, led by Dr Roy Robertson, in pioneering this work and the contribution that the programme makes to reducing the high number of overdose deaths in Scotland by ensuring that, as far as possible, Naloxone is available at the scene of every opioid overdose in the country.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Business Bulletin 16 January 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Business Bulletin 16 January 2015