Opioid Use Disorder

Naloxone

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 via funded programs through the provincial and federal governments and also for purchase through pharmacies.

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 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.

Remuneration

At this time, no government-funded fee is in place for counseling on the use of the kits.

Education and Support

CPhA Resources

CPhA has an extensive catalog of resources including pharmacist and patient education, harm reduction resources, opioid therapy management resources, and more on their website

Saskatchewan Ministry of Health Resources

Other Resources

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.

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.