The Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals is opening up more access to naloxone kits. A bylaw change means greater availability for people who want a take-home kit. Naloxone is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Previously, naloxone could only be acquired from a pharmacist. Under the new rules, it can be issued from people who are not pharmacists and from locations other than pharmacies. The Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Health Authority will work with key community-based organizations to provide the kits in the coming weeks. The take-home program is available through the SHA in 17 communities across the province.
For a list of sites where THN kits can be provided for free to individuals at risk and those who are likely to witness an overdose, visit www.publications.gov.sk.ca/redirect.cfm?p=85696&i=106763.
For a list of community pharmacies that sell THN kits, visit https://www.skpharmacists.ca/patients/naloxone.
For education and resources on opioids, visit www.saskatchewa.ca/opioids.