Naloxone is a life saving, fast acting drug that can be given through injection or nasal spray that can temporarily counteract the life-threatening effects of an opioid overdose.
When someone overdoses on opioids, their breathing either slows or stops completely. If used the right away, naloxone can help a person suffering from overdose breathe normally and regain consciousness. Naloxone can either be injected or given as a nasal spray.
Anyone could be at risk to opioid overdose and yes, people in our community have died from overdose. It’s happening here. As a result, Ontario’s Naloxone Program is now being offered at Southwestern Public Health.
Clients (and their family members and friends) who are at risk of overdose from opioid use will now be able to access FREE Narcan (also known as Naloxone) nasal spray kits as a branch of our Needle Exchange Program. We know, together with your help, that we can save lives by providing access to this lifesaving medication and intervention training.
Clients do not need a health card in order to receive Naloxone nasal spray at Southwestern Public Health
*Naloxone is also available at some local pharmacies however a health card is needed to receive it from those facilities*
More information on Narcan can be found at www.narcan.com
Familiarize yourself on Naloxone, information on opioid overdose and where naloxone is offered at www.ontario.ca/opioidoverdose
To learn more about our Local Opioid Monitoring Data select this link.
Find a Naloxone Distributor and Sharps Disposal location near you:
Is your community group, school or organization interested in learning more about Elgin St. Thomas’ Opioid Strategy?
Please complete a Presentation Request Form and someone from ESTPH will contact you.