Naloxone Peer Educator Initiative
Aims and objectives
This is an initiative launched in 2012 to support the development of local networks of peer volunteers to help widen the reach of SDF’s lifesaving Take Home Naloxone Overdose Intervention training.
This Scottish Government-funded project focuses on equipping peer volunteers - people who have previously experienced substance use problems - to become THN trainers in their own right.
This means that peer volunteers can in turn, train drug users, their friends, families and even staff working directly with service users in overdose prevention/response and administering Naloxone in an opiate overdose emergency.
Scottish Drugs Forum’s role is to:
- build the capacity of drug services in Scotland to develop THN Peer Educator workforces
- build the capacity of people who use drug services to become THN Peer Educators
- support the development of frameworks to assist this capacity-building work.
Kirsten Horsburgh, SDF’s National Naloxone Co-ordinator, is leading the work on this area of the national THN Programme.
Update on Peer Educator Initiative 30 July 2013.
View this short Scottish Government video on the work of Peer Educators.