Opioid Addiction Resources
The opioid crisis continues to be on the rise across Canada. Naloxone, the antidote to temporarily reverse an opioid overdose, is available to the public for free via funded programs through the provincial and federal governments and also for purchase through pharmacies. Naloxone is available to Saskatchewan residents without a prescription. If you witness an overdose, immediately administer naloxone (if you have access to it) and call 911.
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:
- Naloxone 0.4mg/mL one mL injection and Naloxone 1mg/mL, one or two mL injection
- Naloxone injection kits
- Naloxone nasal spray
- Naloxone nasal spray kits
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 sell naloxone kits (not government funded) to the general public. See the PAS Naloxone Registry for a list of pharmacies that sell kits across Saskatchewan.
· Practice Guidelines for Naloxone - CPJ
Status of Naloxone in Community Pharmacies Across Canada - CPJ
How to give a naloxone injection in a few simple steps [ en français ] ( Video - CPhA/UW Pharmacy)
· How to give naloxone nasal spray ( CPhA) Video [ English / en français ]
Infographic [ English / en français ]
· Naloxone Facts ( Video - UW Pharmacy)
· Naloxone Administration ( Video - UW Pharmacy)
· Naloxone Infographic ( PDF - UW Pharmacy)
Opioid Disorder Treatment
Do you have questions about starting buprenorphine/naloxone or methadone for opioid use disorder? These handouts have been created to provide information about the risks, benefits, and adverse effects of buprenorphine/naloxone and methadone. They also include tips about proper storage and disposal of these medications. Talk to your pharmacist or other health care professional to receive more information about using opioid agonist therapy for opioid use disorder.