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Increasing access to lifesaving overdose medicine

A lifesaving medicine which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose could be available to more frontline workers under new plans to tackle record high drug-related deaths.

A consultation has been launched to amend current regulations in order to allow naloxone to be supplied and administered by a wider group of people regularly coming into contact with drug users. Police officers, prison officers, paramedics and pharmacists are among the professions that would be given access to the drug able to help save the lives of people suffering an overdose.