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10115 - NALOXONE

Greenwich, Alex to the Minister for Health, and Minister for Medical Research
  1. What assessment has the Government made of Naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses?

  2. Is it true that this medication is costly and not easily available in the community?

  3. How does the Government ensure that this safe medication is readily available and accessible for appropriate people including emergency services personnel?

  4. What community education programs does the Government provide about Naloxone including the use of nasal spray naloxone?

  5. What further action will the Government take to improve access to this life saving medication?

Answer -
  1. NSW Health has trialled an Overdose Response Take Home Naloxone project through drug and alcohol services and needle and syringe programs in five metropolitan and rural local health districts.
  2. Naloxone can be purchased from a pharmacist at community pharmacies in New South Wales. When naloxone is prescribed to a patient by a medical practitioner and dispensed at a community pharmacy, the cost is subsidised by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. NSW Health has been providing naloxone at no cost to vulnerable populations in a number of settings since 2016.
  3. All NSW Ambulance Officers are authorised to carry naloxone.
  4. NSW Health has developed communication resources in consultation with consumer organisations on the availability and accessibility of naloxone.
  5. NSW Health is increasing access to naloxone for vulnerable populations with a focus on people exiting the correctional system, people who engage with alcohol and other drug treatment services and relevant NSW Health funded non-government organisations.
Question asked on 22 November 2018 (session 56-1) and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 217
Answer received on 19 December 2018 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 218