Take Home Naloxone Policy Directive and Procedures apply to NSW public health services for the management of Take Home Naloxone interventions, including the supply of naloxone, for clients at risk of experiencing or witnessing opioid overdose.
legal authority accompanying the policy directive and procedures enables specific kinds of workers to supply naloxone as part of the Take Home Naloxone Program.
A key contact has been nominated from each district, network or service to champion local implementation. To find out who your contact is, email
People who use illicit drugs other than opioids should consider carrying naloxone as they may still be at risk of opioid overdose. Strong opioids such as fentanyl, acetylfentanyl and nitazenes have recently been found in methamphetamine, cocaine, ketamine, counterfeit benzodiazepines, and heroin.
Teams providing THN interventions should consider people who use illicit drugs other than opioids, as eligible to receive a THN intervention, providing they satisfy other eligibility criteria. People who may witness an opioid overdose (for example family, friends, or carers of someone at risk of opioid overdose) are also eligible to receive a THN intervention.
Public drug warnings and
Clinical safety alerts
regarding dangerous drugs circulating in NSW are published by NSW Health when there is a significant and proven risk of harm in the drug supply.
It's important to remember that
containing strong opioids may circulate in NSW, even if no specific alert has been issued about them.
Eligible health workers at public health services must complete the Take Home Naloxone training and credentialing requirements set out in the procedures before they are legally able to supply naloxone using the Take Home Naloxone intervention.
Online training can be accessed by all local health districts, the St Vincent's Hospital Network and the Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network.
When delivering Take Home Naloxone interventions, health workers in public health services and the MSIC need to use specific forms and documents. The
Take Home Naloxone Policy Directive and Procedures provide instruction about the use of these documents.
firstname.lastname@example.org for information about how to order the state form from Finsbury Green.
Consumer Information Sheets can be ordered for free using the
naloxone factsheet order form.
The Australian Government's National Take Home Naloxone Program subsidises the cost of naloxone medicines supplied across Australia through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. In early 2022, the Australian Government committed $4.9 million ongoing annual funding for this program. The program replaces a pilot that previously operated in NSW, SA and WA.
In NSW, the program operates in
participating community pharmaciesand in participating public health, private and non-government services.
The Australian Government requires participating hospital pharmacies and services supplying subsidised take home naloxone, to register and submit data via the online
The PPA Portal collects two types of data:
When the participant consent check box is left unticked, the only data items that need to be entered into the PPA portal are:
Contact the PPA Support Centre for help using the PPA Portal:Phone: 1800 951 285 (9am to 8pm AEST Monday to Friday)Email:
An Information Bulletin supports public health services to enter data into the PPA Portal. A related Information Bulletin supports pharmacy departments to enter data into the PPA Portal to seek PBS subsidisation for naloxone they provide to public health services in relation to the Take Home Naloxone Program.
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