This is the website of the Naloxone Action Group (NAG) in England. Naloxone is a medicine licensed for use in the treatment of suspected acute opioid overdose or intoxication – in layman’s terms it is a medicine that can help stop someone who is overdosing from dying.
NAG is made up of a number of organisations who have come together to press for wider availability of naloxone in England. In 2012 the Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) recommended to the government that naloxone become more widely available in England, in 2014 the Department of Health accepted that recommendation and have set a date of October 2015 for new regulations to come into force.
There are existing national programmes for take-home naloxone running in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland which provide a successful template for the development of an English programme and the World Health Organisation have published guidelines on the use of naloxone in community settings.