Those who may need a naloxone kit for their own or other’s safety now have greater access to them.
The provincial government announced this past week residents can visit 84 pharmacies in 29 communities in Saskatchewan to acquire a take home naloxone kit, free of charge.
Naloxone is used as reversing agent to opioid overdoses.
Health Minister Jim Reiter said this is a potentially life saving move.
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“I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: one death is too many,” he said. “If you think you’re in a situation where you might come across someone over dosing, absolutely (use it).”
“There’s a little bit of training that goes with it, then you’ll be provided with a kit.”
NDP leader Ryan Meili offered his support for the move, but said in order for it to be truly effective, it has to be a cog in something bigger.
“We do want as many people having the equipment and the training available to be able to respond to overdoses,” he said. “I do think we want to really make sure this is part of a larger strategy.”
Naloxone kits were originally put out as part of a pilot project in Saskatoon back in 2015, before being rolled out in Regina in 2016.
Since then, the program has expanded to include 15 communities.