Opioid Use Disorder
Accessing Naloxone in Saskatchewan
All clients of the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program can obtain free naloxone from their pharmacy, which has been covered by the federal government, including:
Saskatchewan residents who are at risk of an opioid overdose and/or might witness an opioid overdose, such as friends and family of people who use opioids, are eligible for free training and a free Take Home Naloxone kit. The training covers overdose prevention, recognition, and response, including how to administer naloxone. Information on opioids and free naloxone clinic and pharmacy sites can be found at this link.
Also, many pharmacies are selling naloxone kits (not government funded) to the general public. See the PAS Naloxone Registry for a list of pharmacies that sell kits across Saskatchewan.
Education and Support
Provincial and national organizations have collaborated to develop Saskatchewan-specific patient handouts to help clinicians engage patients in a conversation about initiating buprenorphine/naloxone and methadone for opioid use disorder.
CADTH - Non-Drug Ways to Manage Chronic Pain
Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) for Opioid Use Disorder: Your Questions Answered
Methadone for Opioid Use Disorder: Your Questions Answered
Opioid Overdose and Take Home Naloxone This is presented by CPDPP by Katy Windl
Navigating Opioids for Chronic Pain Infographic This is a patient resource that shows the rates of complications based on opioid dosage.
Opioid Wallet Cards These are available to order from the Health Canada website.