Take Home Naloxone
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control spearheaded the Take Home Naloxone Overdose Prevention Program throughout the Province in 2013. Anyone who uses opioids such as OxyContin, morphine, heroin or other opioid painkillers is at risk for an inadvertent overdose. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that quickly blocks opioid receptors in the brain and reverses an opioid overdose. Naloxone is administered as an intra-muscular injection. There are no adverse health risks, no psychoactive effects or ‘high’, and no risk of dependency or addiction.
The Take Home Naloxone Overdose Prevention Program trains opioid users how to recognize when someone may be in an opioid overdose, and how to safely administer Naloxone prior to contacting Emergency Services. In the same way that people at risk for anaphylactic shock would carry an EpiPen, people at risk for opioid overdose can carry a Naloxone kit. To date in the Province 35 lives have been saved by people using the Naloxone kit to reverse opioid overdoes.