Opioid over-dose and death continues to be on the rise across Canada. As a result, each province has created a strategy to address the opioid crisis. Pharmacist distribution of naloxone kits are a part of that strategy, but in various ways across the country.
In Saskatchewan, some health regions are providing naloxone kits at no charge for patients. See Take Home Naloxone: Site Locations for a list of regions offering the kits at no charge. There is the PAS Naloxone Registry which lists the pharmacies carrying naloxone kits.
Education and Support
CPhA has created some excellent resources and tools about naloxone for pharmacists available on their website at:
Infographic for Patients: a sheet that can be printed off and provided to patients about the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose and how to inject naloxone.
Naloxone Injection Video: a short video intended for the person who may need to administer naloxone, but that might not familiar with how to administer it.
Naloxone Nasal Spray Video: a short video on how to use the naloxone nasal spray
Naloxone for Opioid Overdose: What Pharmacists Need to Know an excellent recorded webinar for pharmacists about opioid overdose, the therapeutics of and how to counsel on administering naloxone.
Environmental Scan of Naloxone Access: a national report on the access to naloxone in Canada.
Saskatchewan Ministry of Health Resources
This checklist assesses the understanding and knowledge of the individual receiving information about naloxone and its administration.
This manual that will assist you in educating individuals about overdose prevention and response. This manual includes education about the use of naloxone, an opioid antidote, to address the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses.
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.