About NAG

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.

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  1. This is an amazing collective approach and long overdue. England is shamefully in the dark ages, yet again and it is reflected in the statistics of fatal overdoses nationally. The hold up is a sad endictment with no substantial evidence to support a delay. Our community are dying and it seems to be ‘acceptable’ while myths are given as fact by those who have the power to change ths. Naloxone saves lives, I am the evidence, end of. The definition of negligence set out in tort law states, and I quote….”Negligence (Lat. negligentia, from neglegere, to neglect, literally “not to pick up something”) is a failure to exercise the care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in like circumstances. The area of tort law known as negligence involves harm caused by carelessness, not intentional harm” And in the now (in)famous words of one of NAG’s key players….”I think it will become negligent to prescribe methadone without also prescribing naloxone” Well said Dr Judith Yates.

    Well done to all those signatories and supporters for supporting this initiative and for making this a priority in England, every death is preventable. 765 deaths and no public outcry?? I am not a second hand citizen, I’m a human being and I have the right to live.

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