Take home Naloxone Kits are now available in Moose Jaw and to those in the Five Hills Health Region.
The kits are part of the Take Home Naloxone program that has seen 50-thousand dollars of funding from the Saskatchewan.
Kits are available to both people who have been prescribed opioids and those who take them recreationally.
Those who feel they may need a kit will first have to take a 20-to-30 minute class on how the kits work and what an opioid overdose may look like.
Mary Lee Booth, is the Executive Director of Integrated Community Health Programs in the Five Hills Health Region.
Booth says while the Moose Jaw area is not seeing fentanyl overdoses like out in B.C., they do want to remain vigilant to the possibility of that happening in Saskatchewan.
“We do know it’s an emerging trend,” said Booth. “We do know that when something happens in one particular area of the country, there’s going to be movement. We really want to get ahead of the problem and be prepared.”
Naloxone is an antidote to powerful opioids such as fentanyl and heroin. The naloxone kits are available in other health regions in the province: Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Regina-Qu’Appelle, Sunrise and Prairie North.
In the meantime, newly-released federal statistics released on Tuesday show 2,458 Canadians died from apparent opioid-related overdoses in 2016.
The death-rate was 8.8 per 100,000 population. However, western Canada rates the highest in these numbers.
Figures show apparent opioid-related death-rates of over 10.0 per 100,000 population for Yukon, NWT, BC & Alberta