Naloxone: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st April 2020.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that people who use drugs are provided with Naloxone in the event that access to health services is restricted due to demand during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Holding answer received on 21 April 2020

Local authorities are responsible for assessing local needs and commissioning drug prevention, treatment and harm reduction services to meet these needs. This includes making sure they have sufficient coverage of take-home naloxone to prevent drug-related deaths.

Local authorities will want to maintain their coverage of naloxone during the COVID-19 outbreak as an important measure to help protect people who use drugs. Public Health England will continue to support local authorities in their work of needs assessment and commissioning services by providing advice, guidance and data.

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