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.
Ordering Naloxone Kits
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.
Pharmacies may purchase kits from Mckesson Canada or a company call the Control Group. Kits may be sold to patients or their caregivers.
Mckesson Canada: Item # 113633 (no minimum order) Cost $35.80.
At this time, no government funded fee is in place for counselling on the use of the kits. However, since naloxone is a Schedule II drug the pharmacist must be involved in the sale of naloxone, which includes arriving at the decision to sell the drug and counselling patients or their caregiver appropriately.
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 over dose 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 for Opioid Overdose: What Pharmacists Need to Know an excellent recorded webinar for pharmacists about opioid over-dose, the therapeutics of and how to counsel on administering naloxone.
Saskatchewan Ministry of Health Resources
This checklist assess 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.
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