Widening the availability of naloxone

Explains regulations that widen the availability of naloxone, a drug used as an antidote for heroin (or other opiate) overdoses.



Regulations introduced on 1 October 2015 widened the availability of naloxone, a medicine which reverses the effects of a heroin (or other opiate) overdose. This factsheet explains the regulations and how they can be implemented.

Published 10 November 2015
Last updated 1 August 2017 + show all updates
  1. Revised guidance on widening the availability of naloxone, to reflect its increased availability since 2015 legislation.
  2. Updated to include section 5.1 on supply of naloxone to children and young people.
  3. First published.