Naloxone Now Available in Pharmacies

Health and Wellness

September 29, 2017 10:57 AM

Life-saving naloxone kits are now available in community pharmacies across the province.

“Anyone who uses prescription opioids and any illegal drug in pill or powdered form is at risk for opioid overdose and should carry naloxone,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We also encourage loved ones and others who might respond to an overdose emergency to pick up a free kit at their local pharmacy. It’s easy to use, and you could save someone’s life.”

As of this week, Nova Scotians can see a pharmacist in more than 240 locations to pick up a naloxone kit, anonymously, and free of charge. The pharmacist will walk you through the contents of the kit, and provide training on how to use naloxone to reverse an overdose.

“Pharmacists are very concerned about the impacts improper use of opioids can have on their patients, their loved ones, and their communities,” said Rose Dipchand, chair of the board of the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia. “We are pleased to be part of a province-wide program that removes barriers such as accessibility and cost for all Nova Scotians who should carry this life-saving drug.”

Anyone who suspects an overdose should call 911. First responders will walk them through administering naloxone and other steps to take while waiting for paramedics to arrive. The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act protects Canadians from simple possession charges for those who call 911 in the event of an overdose emergency.

The Take-Home Naloxone Program is a partnership between government, Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia. It is a part of government’s Opioid Use and Misuse Framework.

To learn more about the Take Home Naloxone Program, including a map of participating pharmacies, visit www.nsnaloxone.com.

For more information on government’s work to address opioid use and overdose, visit novascotia.ca/opioid.

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     Naloxone kits are available in more than 240 pharmacies

across the province, free of charge.

     Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of

health, says anyone who uses prescription opioids, or any

illegal drug in pill or powdered form, should carry naloxone.

     Anyone who might respond to an overdose emergency, should

also carry a kit.

     For more information, visit NOVA SCOTIA DOT C-A SLASH

OPIOID.

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Media Contacts: Sarah Levy MacLeod
                Health and Wellness
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                Amy Wagg
                Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia
                902-422-9583
                Email: amy@pans.ns.ca