Save someone

Naloxone can temporarily reverse the effects of opioid overdose. It is safe and free training is available locally.

For more information on being supplied with and trained to use Naloxone, ask at your local drug service or needle exchange.

Visit East Ayrshire Recovery Network for more help and advice.


What is Naloxone?

Naloxone is a prescription medication that is used to temporarily reverse the effects of opioids and opiates.

Naloxone blocks the opioid receptors in the brain. It can reverse the effects of overdose for approximately 20-40 minutes until emergency services arrive.

Naloxone, provided under brand names Prenoxad and Nyxoid in the UK, comes in two forms:

  • Injected (intramuscular - Prenoxad)
  • Nasal (intranasal - Nyxoid)

Opioids and opiates

Opioids (opiates is a historic term) are a family of natural and synthetic compounds that interact with the body's opioid receptors.

Opiates are a natural derivative of the poppy plant, and the phrase historically referred to all opioids.

Opioids, including morphine, codeine, and fentanyl, are used as sedative and analgesic (painkilling) agents, whilst others such as methadone, buprenorphine, suboxone, and espranor are applied medically in Opioid Substitute/Replacement Therapy (OST/ORT) in order to help individuals overcome non-medical opioid use. These can also be used for sedative and analgesic purposes.

The most common examples of illicit (illegal) opioid use include heroin, whilst examples of dependant use include morphine and oxycodone.

Is Naloxone legal?

The Lord Advocate has confirmed that it is legal for anyone to administer Naloxone to an individual whose life is at risk from an opioid overdose. There are no repercussions for carrying Naloxone. 

How to access Naloxone

Naloxone is a medication which you can access from drug services and certain Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (ADP) partners without the need for a prescription.

ADP partners currently supplying Naloxone are:

  • NHS Rapid Access to Drug and Alcohol Recovery (RADAR)
  • East Ayrshire Advocacy
  • We Are With You
  • Patchwork
  • Scottish Families Affected by Drugs (online application and delivery service)

Find out more about our ADP partners

Carry Naloxone and save a life

Anyone can carry or use a Naloxone. Naloxone is an emergency medication which has the potential to save a life and is first aid. 

Naloxone kit expired

If you have a Naloxone kit that has expired, replace this as soon as possible from one of East Ayrshire's Naloxone providers.

Contact Information


East Ayrshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership
Civic Centre North
John Dickie Street
Telephone: 01563 555353
Telephone: 01563 576739