EuroNPUD in partnership with
The Lancashire Users' Forum -
Working together to deliver our Naloxone
Advocacy & Awareness Project, in the UK
The Blackpool Experience
Written by Emma Daggers: The Area Coordinator for
The project consisted of two events in a two-week timescale, so we needed to move fast. The criteria was for 8 – 10 peers to join in a focus group and complete a mystery shopping exercise in the afternoon of Aug 23rd followed by a debrief given to providers and stakeholders in an afternoon event to take place on Aug 29th all to be completed in time for IODA day on the 31st Aug.
I identified the individuals that would take part in the focus group and mystery shop and made some calls to family members, active and former drug users. I was also mindful that the tight turn around meant I needed to contact the local commissioner and key professionals to get their support. There wasn’t time for flyers for the mystery shop and advertisement so the success of this project was dependent upon my relationships and ability to mobilise a community rapid. Calls were made and rooms filled up.
15 peers attended the focus group and 5 went out to mystery shop. We set up a questionnaire on survey monkey to gather evidence of the knowledge around naloxone in the local area. The groups knowledge was averaging at 80% knowing what to do if someone overdosed. Out of the 5 that went out to mystery shop, 2 came back with a naloxone kit. The naloxone was given by the local drug treatment provider and needle exchange.
The provider event the week following was a success. In attendance was the Commissioner, lead in Public Health for drug related deaths, manager and outreach worker for local provider and lead for harm eduction. Peers and professionals interacted well and we broke up into 4 groups to discuss the following themes: Barriers to Naloxone in GPs surgery, maintaining peer knowledge, Naloxone distribution in drug services, ensuring access to naloxone prison leavers. The overarching conclusion between peers and professionals was that more training was needed when accessing naloxone.
The Burnley Experience
Written by the Area Coordinator for Burnley,
Two sessions were organised, both held at a local community centre in Burnley. We wanted to make sure the resources were used to support local places and people. The first Focus group was held on Thursday 23rd August with the following session held the following week on the 30th August.
Session one was aimed at gathering local peers, we had a criteria to follow and set about engaging with people from within the local networks and treatment system who were opiate dependent or family members of those and therefore likely to come into contact with people using opiates, the intention was to pressure test the system in respect of accessing Naloxone via mystery shopping exercises, we also conducted consultations to find out what knowledge the peers had, to do this we needed to pull in various resources and relationships, what we didn’t want to do was cause any unease within the local treatment system so lots of emails needed to be sent out and phone calls take place, we wanted to keep the mystery shopping part of the project secret from the local services but did disclose what was happening with the local commissioners. Once the peers returned from the mystery shopping it was very interesting to hear the feedback they gave about what their experience was as they tried to access Naloxone.
The second session was a review of the first where we fed back to the commissioners and local service providers what the findings were from the mystery shopping that had taken place the week prior. We had a very short time scale to pull of the project but did manage to get all the relevant professionals to attend the meeting, from local harm reduction managers and service leads to local housing providers, commissioners and county counsel community safety managers including professionals from Public Health England and local county council public health.