Will offering people naloxone encourage opioid misuse? Does naloxone offer a “safety net” that will result in increased opioid use?

  • This is a common concern surrounding naloxone distribution. However, a number of studies have found that this is not the case (for example, Doe-Simkins et al. 2014, Galea et al., 2006). Most users do not increase their opioid use after receiving naloxone.