Quebec to offer naloxone free of charge
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.