Que­bec to of­fer nalox­one free of charge

The Western Star - - Canada -

MON­TREAL — A drug used to tem­po­rar­ily re­verse the ef­fect of fen­tanyl over­doses will be of­fered free of charge in Que­bec phar­ma­cies.

The prov­ince will fol­low the ex­am­ple of On­tario, Bri­tish Columbia, Al­berta, Nova Sco­tia and Prince Ed­ward Is­land in of­fer­ing the life-sav­ing nalox­one with­out peo­ple re­quir­ing a pre­scrip­tion.

It is an at­tempt to stem a full­blown prob­lem as the num­ber of cases rises in Que­bec — with an­other pos­si­ble two oc­cur­ring Wed­nes­day night.

Ear­lier in the day, Pub­lic Health Min­is­ter Lu­cie Charlebois and Health Min­is­ter Gae­tan Bar­rette an­nounced that nalox­one would be made widely avail­able.

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