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Saskatchewan Becomes Third Province to Unschedule Naloxone

Saskatchewan residents wanting a take home naloxone (THN) kit will have more options for accessing those kits in the coming weeks.

The Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals has made an administrative bylaw change to allow the drug naloxone to be more widely available. This follows similar moves in Alberta and British Columbia. Naloxone reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. Naloxone was previously listed as a Schedule II Drug, meaning that it was only available from a pharmacist. It was kept behind the counter to ensure pharmacists provide individuals with training on how to administer the drug before purchasing a kit.

This administrative change allows naloxone to be issued without involvement of a pharmacist and in locations other than pharmacies, making it easier for individuals to access THN kits and for CBOs who work with individuals at risk of an opioid overdose to distribute kits to their clients. The THN program is available through the Saskatchewan Health Authority in 17 communities across the province, including Saskatoon, Regina, North Battleford, Kamsack, Yorkton, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Estevan, Kindersley, Buffalo Narrows, Swift Current, Melfort, Nipawin, Tisdale and Meadow Lake. The THN program expanded to the community of Meadow Lake earlier this month and is expected to launch in Lloydminster in the coming days.

Image Courtesy of the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

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