Saskatchewan is following in the footsteps of it’s western counterparts and is unscheduling naloxone.
Naloxone is a drug most commonly used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
Health Minister Jim Reiter spoke about the administrative bylaw amendment which is allowing the drug to be more readily accessible.
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“Somebody getting one now doesn’t need to deal with a pharmacist, they can buy it over the counter at pharmacies or at other stores as well,” he said.
Saskatchewan becomes just the third province to take this action after Alberta and British Columbia and Reiter made it clear the government’s been closely monitored the actions taken regarding the drug there.
“We’ve been watching what they’ve been doing,” he said. “This is one of the things that they’ve done with the de-scheduling with the naloxone to make it more available that seems to be helping there, so we’re certainly happy to do it here, as well.”