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Pilot scheme shows that giving naloxone to families of drug users would save lives

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 25 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5445

sensible & heartening, but I'm suffering from too much information

I was delighted to read this article, giving good news of the
effectiveness of a practical non-judgmental intervention.

Similarly the Personal View by Ewan Hoyle (founder of Liberal
Democrats for Drug Policy Reform) in this week's print issue put forward
several good ideas.

I contrast these with the cascaded circular I received yesterday (via
the PCT - does it still exist?)with a link to the DOH UK Guidelines on
Drug Misuse and Dependence. This missive was dated 2007 and runs to 129
pages! Two other recent documents (on completely different subjects from
other sources) were 54 and 53 pages respectively.

It is impossible to read all of this, let alone remember/access/act
on it appropriately. We need brief, pragmatic guidelines, underpinned by
common sense and professionalism.

Competing interests: No competing interests

26 August 2011
Kathryn E Grant
GP locum
West Sussex