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New Website Aims to Reduce Worldwide Overdose Deaths from Opioids
Date:6/10/2013

VILNIUS, Lithuania, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Drug users, their families, and friends, need to know how to use, access, and advocate for the life-saving drug naloxone, said the Open Society Foundations and an international coalition of public health organizations today who launched the website naloxoneinfo.org

The coalition includes the Open Society Foundations, Harm Reduction International, Harm Reduction Coalition, Eurasian Harm Reduction Network, Population Services International, Scottish Drugs Forum, and the Asian Network of People Who Use Drugs. 

"The launch of this website marks the beginning of an international conversation on a ground-up approach to stemming the overdose epidemic," said Daniel Wolfe, Director of the Open Society Foundations' International Harm Reduction Development Program. "It is my hope that this site and its resources will help equip advocates with the evidence they need to convince governments that drug users' lives are worth saving."

The evidence-based website presents a variety of simple resources curated by leaders in the field. The site covers what naloxone is and how it can be used, and offers sample materials for training drug users and friends and family of drug users on how to safely administer the antidote. The site also includes tools for advocates to use when talking to doctors, police and governments about expanding access to the life-saving antidote in different settings.

"We have long known that naloxone saves lives but too few people can get it or know how to use it," said Dr. Sharon Stancliff, Medical Director at the Harm Reduction Coalition. "Drug users and those close to them are often the first or only people available to respond to an overdose, and can be easily trained to use naloxone to save lives."

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