What is naloxone?

Naloxone is a life-saving medication that temporarily reverses the effects of opiate drugs. Opiates are a class of drug that includes heroin, methadone and dihydrocodeine.

In a potentially fatal opiate overdose, naloxone can buy time until an ambulance arrives. Naloxone has no intoxicating effect or dependence potential. In a similar manner to Adrenaline, naloxone may be legally administered by anyone to anyone for the intended purpose of saving a life.

Find out how naloxone works by watching the short video clip from Scottish Drugs Forum:

Who should carry naloxone?

Anyone who might witness an opiate overdose.  If you, or someone you know takes drugs, or if there is a chance you could witness opiate overdose, carry naloxone.

Naloxone is free and available to anyone over the age of 16. Some basic training will be provided to ensure you have the information you need to respond to an opiate overdose. This can take as little as 10 minutes


How to access naloxone

A list of services in Renfrewshire who supply naloxone is available at the bottom of this page.

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs provide a 'click and deliver' take home naloxone service - Take Home Naloxone Application - SFAD

Renfrewshire ADP offer free Naloxone and Overdose Awareness training courses, dates can be found at the bottom of this page.

Find the Scottish Drugs Forum eLearning module "Overdose Prevention, Intervention, and Naloxone"-  Overdose Prevention, Intervention and Naloxone e-learning - Scottish Drugs Forum (


Be a lifesaver, carry naloxone/How to save a life


Information leaflets

Drug emergencies

Additional take home naloxone leaflet [326KB]

Prenoxad assembly and administration guideĀ  [1MB]


For more information about naloxone, you can access the following sites:

Scottish Drugs Forum:

Take Home Naloxone:



For help with an alcohol or drug problem you can contact the following organisations:

Naloxone and Overdose Awareness Training


How do I get a naloxone kit?

In order to receive a kit, you must undertake some basic training to ensure you have the information you need to respond to an opiate overdose.


What will the training cover?

Following the training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe what naloxone is, and how to use it.
  • Identify the risk factors associated with overdose
  • Recognise the signs of opiate overdose, and respond.


Who can attend the training?

Anyone who is likely to witness overdose can attend, including people who use drugs, friends or family members, and those who work with people who use drugs.




Thursday 11 August 2022

Microsoft Teams

9.30am - 11am

Tuesday 30 August 2022

Renfrew Health and Social Work Centre

9.30am - 11am

Wednesday 21 September 2022

Star Project, Paisley

9.30am - 11am

Monday 3 October 2022

Microsoft Teams

2pm - 3.30pm

Wednesday 26 October 2022

Bargarran Community Centre, Erskine

2pm - 3.30pm

Wednesday 16 November 2022

Johnstone Town Hall

2pm - 3.30pm

Wednesday 6 December 2022

Tweedie Hall, Linwood

9.30am - 11am

Wednesday 16 December 2022

Microsoft Teams

2pm - 3.30pm


To book your place, on any of the above courses, or to arrange training for groups of 6+ please contact:

You can also contact the following services to find out more information, or receive a naloxone kit and training:

Glasgow and Clyde Overdose Response Team: 01475 866 210


Abbey Chemist
27 Gauze Street
0141 889 3377
Lloyds Pharmacy
19 Neilston Road
0141 889 2216
Glenburn Pharmacy
2/4 Skye Crescent
0141 884 4842
Lloyds Pharmacy
Tannahill Centre, 76 Blackstoun Road
0141 849 1030
Lloyds Pharmacy
38 Love St
0141 889 5741
Boots Pharmacy
Unit 4 Clippens Road
01505 327 505
Boots Pharmacy
118/120 Paisley Road
0141 886 2148

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