Take Home Naloxone Program Expands Across Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan's publically-funded Take Home Naloxone (THN) program will be expanding to provide free THN kits to people who may witness an overdose, including friends and family members of those at risk. Over the past year, the focus of the THN program has been ensuring naloxone was available in most areas of the province. The THN program is now established in 15 communities across Saskatchewan, including Saskatoon, Regina, North Battleford, Kamsack, Yorkton, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Estevan, Kindersley, Buffalo Narrows, Swift Current, Melfort, Nipawin and Tisdale. THN kits, education and training are currently available through the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA). Nearly 600 THN kits have been provided to individuals through this program and more than 1,900 individuals have received training.
In addition, there are currently 29 communities with 84 pharmacies across Saskatchewan where THN kits are available for purchase. There is no prescription required to purchase a THN kit, however a pharmacist must be consulted before a purchase is made. Naloxone is a medication that, when administered properly, can rapidly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It is important to note that even after naloxone is administered, further medical treatment is required. Call 911 immediately if you suspect an overdose.
For a list of sites where THN kits can be provided for free to those who are likely to witness an overdose, visit www.publications.gov.sk.ca/redirect.cfm?p=85696&i=106365
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