09 / 04 / 2021
Stop-Overdose-Safely project: summary report

The WHO website published a report on the results of a joint UNODC and WHO project "Stop-Overdose-Safely (SOS) initiative", which was implemented in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Ukraine and aimed to reduce the number of deaths from opioid overdoses.

In our country, the project was implemented by the Ukrainian Institute on Public Health Policy.

14,263 potential opioid overdose witnesses were trained within the eight-month implementation phase. The cohort study found that 90% of project participants reported using naloxone at witnessed overdoses across almost all countries (88.1% in Ukraine).

Extrapolation of the naloxone use figures from the cohort study (31%) to the entire S-O-S project sample suggest that the implementation may have resulted in naloxone administration by as many as 4,388 individuals, and many lives saved as a result.

UNODC-WHO Stop-Overdose-Safely (S-O-S) project implementation in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Ukraine: summary report. World Health Organization and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2021 (EN)