Opioid overdose naloxone kits being distributed in N.L.
Distribution of lifesaving naloxone kits is underway across the province in an effort to combat opioid overdoses.
Health and Community Services Minister John Haggie announced last Wednesday that 1,200 naloxone kits are being distributed to targeted popu- lations and will be available at 52 sites in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Partners in the initiative received a demonstration of how to administer naloxone at the AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador office in St. John’s recently.
The kits will be available at Safe Works Access Program ( needle exchange) satellite sites, youth and adult correctional facilities and Regional Health Authority Mental Health and Addictions Offices.
“Naloxone kits provide antidotes that give a second chance in a life- threatening situation. The kits and the education on how to use them also provide drug users and their families with valuable information on overdose prevention,” Haggie said in a news release.
The kits are designed to be easily carried on a person, and contain naloxone, single use syringes, a pair of latex gloves, alcohol swabs, a one-way rescue breathing barrier mask and a step-by-step instruction pamphlet.
They should be available at all sites by mid-December.