Take Home Naloxone (THN) Overdose Intervention Training

Naloxone is a pharmaceutical drug which can temporarily reverse the effects of an opiate overdose, providing more time for an ambulance to arrive and treatment to be given.

THN – About the programme
THN – Our training
THN – Information & Training Resources

THN - About the programme

Scottish Drugs Forum assists the rollout of the Scottish Government funded National Take Home Naloxone (THN) programme.

Naloxone is a pharmaceutical drug which can temporarily reverse the effects of an opiate overdose, providing more time for an ambulance to arrive and treatment to be given.

The National Take Home Naloxone programme involves Naloxone being provided to those thought to be at risk of opiate overdose - once they have undergone specialist training.

This training will also be available to their family, friends, carers, partners and other people they associate with and who are likely to be in the vicinity if an overdose occurs.

Scottish Drugs Forum's role in promoting and participating in pilot programmes during the early development of Naloxone as an emergency intervention measure in Scotland led directly to our involvement in the rollout of the National THN programme, which was launched in 2010.

It is an extension of Scottish Drugs Forum’s pioneering Critical Incidents Prevention and Intervention Training launched in 2004.

The Scottish Government announced a one year extension of the Scottish THN programme roll-out in early 2012.

Scottish Drugs Forum is continuing its work in support of the programme roll-out, with the additional element of providing support for local area service providers to develop peer trainer networks, through our Naloxone Peer Educator Initiative

These networks will help widen the reach of this life-saving training among drug users, their friends, families and staff working directly with service users.

SDF is also playing a more formalised strategic role to help Alcohol and Drug Partnerships and others embed THN across the care sector in Scotland.

THN - Our training

Scottish Drugs Forum’s Naloxone awareness-raising training focuses on the wider issues surrounding drug-related death, drug overdose and Scottish Drugs Forum’s Critical Incidents and Take Home Naloxone programmes.

This is aimed at groups who would benefit from awareness of these issues but will not necessarily be expected to physically intervene when an overdose occurs.

Topics covered include:

  • Drug-related death in Scotland
  • Causes of overdose
  • Recognising overdose signs and symptoms
  • Identifying groups of people who are especially at risk of overdosing
  • Opportunities for preventing drug-related deaths
  • Basic first aid skills
  • The role of Naloxone in an emergency

Our Naloxone administration training covers the above AND specific instruction on how to intervene in an overdose emergency through administering:

  • First Aid
  • Resuscitation techniques
  • Take Home Naloxone

THN - Information & Training Resources


A comprehensive “One Stop Shop” website on Naloxone and the Scottish THN Programme. It features topics including:

  • Information and information requests
  • Training Resources
  • Where Naloxone is available
  • Latest research
  • Naloxone and the Law
  • Policy
  • Discussion forums

Free Smartphone Naloxone Apps

Click here for the Android version....
Click here for the I-Phone version....

New Naloxone Training & Promotional materials 2013

Video/Audio clips


Scottish Government video explaining the importance of naloxone for preventing overdose death and highlighting the work of Scottish Drugs Forum's Naloxone Peer Educator Initiative - 30 July 2013 (3 min 06 secs).


Listen to BBC Radio Scotland Newsdrive’s interview with Stephen Malloy, Head of SDF’s National Naloxone Training Programme, on latest distribution figures for Naloxone kits – 31 July 2012 (4min 19secs) - clip courtesy of BBC Radio Scotland.

Or, download MP3 version...

Presentation by Scottish Drugs Forum’s National Naloxone Co-ordinator Stephen Malloy to the Fannin Addiction Educational Masterclass, Dublin, 28 June 2012.

Click here to view....


Scottish Drugs Forum’s National Naloxone Co-ordinator Stephen Malloy is among the panel of speakers on Naloxone at Harm Reduction International's 22nd Annual International Conference in Beirut, Lebanon, in April 2011.

Click here to view.... 

Also see our Useful Information section.

> Back to SDF Homepage