Scotland's national naloxone program: the prison experience

Kirsten Horsburgh, Andrew McAuley

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Launched in 2011, the Scottish national naloxone program marked an important development in public health policy. Central to its design were strategies to engage prisoners given their elevated risk of drug-related death in the weeks following liberation. Implementation across Scottish prisons has posed particular challenges linked to both operational issues within prison establishments and individual factors affecting staff delivering, and prisoners engaging, with the program. Barriers have been overcome through innovation and partnership working. This commentary has described how the development of the program in prisons has adapted to these challenges to a point where a largely consistent model is in place and where prisoners-on-release are reaping the benefits in terms of reduced opioid-related mortality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)454-456
Number of pages3
JournalDrug and Alcohol Review
Issue number4
Early online date10 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - May 2018


  • national naloxone program
  • Scotland
  • prisoners
  • drug-related deaths
  • naloxone
  • prison
  • overdose
  • mortality


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