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Take-Home Naloxone Kits Available in Regina

29-Jun-2016

Take-Home Naloxone kits will become available in Regina through the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region’s Harm Reduction Methadone Program beginning on July 4, 2016.

Naloxone is an injectable medication used to rapidly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Currently, it is used by paramedics as well as emergency departments and will be expanding into the community. When administered properly, Naloxone can remove the effects of an overdose and restore breathing to an individual experiencing an overdose within several minutes.

“Take-Home Naloxone kits have the potential to save lives. RQHR’s continued focus on health care services that are patient and family-centered in nature is evident in this program. Staff at the Harm Reduction Clinic continue to work with those clients with addictions to engage them in treatment for their addiction,” said Ken Akan, Program Manager in Mental Health and Addictions.

Beginning July 4th, Take-Home Naloxone kits and training on the use of the kit will be made available free of charge to individuals that have been identified as being at risk for an opioid overdose. Clients and their concerned loved ones will be provided education on recognizing the signs of an overdose as well as training on Rescue Breathing and the Safe Administration of Naloxone in these circumstances. Once training is complete and a certificate is issued, a request for Naloxone will be filled by the Lakeshore Pharmacy and given to the client along with the kit at the Harm Reduction Clinic.

“The expansion of the Take-Home Naloxone program is an important addition to the range of services available to help at-risk individuals, and supports our government’s commitment to addressing the recommendations in the Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. “Making this resource more accessible to those who need it has the potential to save lives and prevent injury due to overdose.”
 
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health is providing $50,000 this year to fund Take-Home Naloxone programs in both Regina and Saskatoon, and to expand this program to additional health regions.

 

For More Information:
Anne Lindemann
Communications Consultant
RQHR Communications
Email: anne.lindemann@rqhealth.ca
Phone: 306-766-0889