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Irish GPs support wider use of naloxone to treat opiate addiction

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 03 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1103
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Two thirds of GPs in Ireland support planned initiatives to provide wider availability of naloxone in the community for treating opiate addiction and overdose, a survey has found.1

More than 200 deaths due to opiate overdose occur each year in Ireland, one of the highest rates in Europe. Naloxone is an effective opiate antagonist that can treat opiate overdose. “Take home” naloxone schemes, in which patients considered at risk …

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