Opi­oid over­dose nalox­one kits be­ing dis­trib­uted in N.L.

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL -

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.

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