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Norway Announces New National Overdose Strategy

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Norway

Country Correspondent: Marianne Storm

Norway’s new strategy for addressing overdoses aims to reinforce existing efforts to prevent deaths. The strategy for 2019–2020, prepared by the Norwegian Directorate of Health, was developed in partnership with health service providers, patient organizations, regional centers for drug and alcohol use prevention, and the research community. The strategy includes levers to ensure better advice and guidance to patients regarding health and nutrition, a process for updating the knowledge base for implementation of targeted, evidence-based measures, and implementation of a standardized treatment package (patient pathway) for follow-up after nonlethal overdose to reduce local variation in response patterns. Availability of safe injection sites will also be expanded, as will access to substitution treatment and naloxone nasal spray.

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Publication Date: September 6, 2019