Naloxone for administration by peers in cases of heroin overdose

Simon R Lenton, Paul M Dietze, Louisa Degenhardt, Shane Darke and Tony G Butler
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02891.x
Published online: 19 October 2009

To the Editor: We wish to call for the removal of scheduling and legislative barriers in Australia that prevent easy access to naloxone for administration by peers to people suffering from a heroin overdose.

  • Simon R Lenton1
  • Paul M Dietze2
  • Louisa Degenhardt3
  • Shane Darke3
  • Tony G Butler1

  • 1 National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA.
  • 2 Burnet Institute, Monash Institute of Health Services Research, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.


Competing interests:

Louisa Degenhardt has received an untied educational grant from Reckitt Benckiser to investigate the diversion and injection of buprenorphine. No funder had any input to this letter.


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