Please accept my apologies for lack of contact in recent weeks and months. Earlier this year my work situation changed which has involved long periods working overseas and as a result I have not been able to dedicate the time needed to the NNEF.
I would like to start by thanking Jamie Bridge for all his hard work and dedication to the NNEF as Chair in recent years and I'm looking forward to taking on the role of Chair in 2017 and I'm delighted Jamie is continuing on the planning group along with Philippe and Nigel as Deputy Chairs.
Last month, we announced the 2016 Annual General Meeting for the National Needle Exchange Forum (NNEF) to all our members. Unfortunately, it has not been possible to organise a full-day meeting this year. But the AGM – which will be held virtually via teleconference - is at least an opportunity to hear about, and participate in, some of the work of the Forum. The AGM will be held at 7pm on Monday 12th December.
After years of advocacy, and months of consultation and discussion, legislation has finally been laid before Parliament this month to expand access to naloxone. Although ambiguously worded – as these things often are – it seems to indicate that, from October 1st, drug services will be able to supply and stock naloxone without the need for individual or group prescriptions.