Nova Scotia to of­fer free nalox­one kits to pub­lic as part of opi­oid re­sponse

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

HAL­I­FAX — Health of­fi­cials in Nova Scotia say free nalox­one kits will be avail­able to the pub­lic at 300 com­mu­nity phar­ma­cies across the prov­ince be­gin­ning Sept. 1. The move to ex­pand the $564,000 an­ti­dote pro­gram is part of a frame­work plan to ad­dress opi­oid use and over­doses that was re­leased Wednes­day in Hal­i­fax. The plan fo­cuses on five key is­sues in­clud­ing un­der­stand­ing the is­sue, preven­tion, harm re­duc­tion, treat­ment, pre­scrib­ing prac­tices and law en­force­ment.

Opi­oid death num­bers will now be posted on­line and there are also plans to share more spe­cific in­for­ma­tion be­tween po­lice forces and other first re­spon­ders in or­der to help de­tect and ad­dress po­ten­tial “hotspots” in the prov­ince. How­ever, chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health Dr. Robert Strang says two other sig­nif­i­cant mea­sures, safe in­jec­tion sites and pre­scrip­tion stan­dards for opi­oids, are still be­ing stud­ied.

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