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Get Naloxone

Get Naloxone

Naloxone is a drug that can temporarily reverse an opioid (such as Fentanyl) overdose, so long as it is given right away and followed up by emergency medical care.

In other words: if you’re having an OD from opioid (such as Fentanyl), Naloxone can save your life.

You can get a Naloxone Kit to carry with you, when using drugs.

Naloxone kits are available free of charge to anyone at risk of opioid overdose (i.e. current or previous users of opioids).

To get your Naloxone Kit, visit one of the following organizations or a walk-in clinic:

MEDICINE HAT
HIV Community Link
http://www.hivcl.org/about-us/medicine-hat/

LETHBRIDGE
ARCHES
http://www.lethbridgehiv.com/contact-us/

CALGARY
Safeworks
http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/services.asp?pid=servi ce&rid=1702

RED DEER
Turning Point
http://caans.org/

EDMONTON
Streetworks Edmonton
http://www.streetworks.ca/client/index.html

GRANDE PRAIRIE
HIV North Society (Grande Prairie)
http://www.hivnorth.org/contactusgrandeprairie/

FORT MCMURRAY
HIV North Society (Fort McMurray)
http://www.hivnorth.org/contactusfortmcmurray/

EDSON
HIV West Yellowhead (Edson)
http://hivwestyellowhead.com/contact-us/

Naloxone is safe, effective, and can’t be abused – these Kits can help save lives.

For more on Alberta’s Take Home Naloxone Program, click here.

Take Home Naloxone Kits

View our interactive map of pharmacies and walk-in clinics carrying Take Home Naloxone Kits:

naloxone map
Get Help

Call 911 immediately if an overdose is suspected.

If you’re concerned about your own or someone else’s use of illicit drugs, or misuse of drugs of any kind, or if you would simply like more info on drug use, call the Addiction Helpline (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week) at 1-866-332-2322, or Health link at 811.

Treatment options, information and resources on opioids are also available to patients, family, community agencies and health care professionals through an AHS Opioid Dependency Program.

OD: Reduce Risk

OD: Reduce Your Risk

Fentanyl may be 100 times more toxic than morphine, heroin, or oxycodone. Even small amounts can result in overdose and it can be found in other drugs without you knowing.

If you’re going to use:

  • don’t use fentanyl, or any other drug, while alone; 
  • start using in small amounts;
  • do ‘test shots’ (or test doses);
  • don’t mix drugs;
  • avoid speedballing;
  • always carry a Naloxone Kit;
  • call 911 if you or someone suspects a person is experiencing an overdose. Calling for help can save a life!
ODs:Signs, Symptoms

ODs: Signs & Symptoms

The following symptoms are signs of an overdose.

If you are using drugs, or are with someone who has used drugs, and you or they have any of these symptoms call 911:

  • breathing is slow or not breathing at all
  • nails and/or lips are blue
  • choking or throwing up
  • making gurgling sounds
  • skin is cold and clammy
  • can’t wake them up

 

OD: What to do?

If you suspect an overdose:

  • call 911
  • initiate rescue breathing
  • if you have a naloxone kit or Narcan® nasal spray (naloxone) follow the SAVE ME steps and instructions.

SAVE ME

Stimulate: Is the person unresponsive? Call 911

Airway: Are they breathing? No -> open airway, begin rescue breathing

Ventilation: Give 1 breath every 5 seconds, chest should rise with each breath

Evaluate: Are they responsive or breathing on their own? Administer naloxone.

adMinister naloxone. Naloxone will take 2 – 5 min to kick in

Evaluate again

  • Are they responsive or breathing on their own?
  • Administer another dose of naloxone and continue rescue breathing until medical help arrives.

Resources

Health Professionals

Health Professionals

Useful Resources

Passion for Health Blog Posts

AHS Podcast Series

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Campaign Materials

Alberta Health Services welcomes community partners and stakeholders to print the below materials and use, as they feel appropriate.

POSTERS:

WALLET-SIZED TIPS:

Community agencies working with entrenched users can download and print these wallet-sized tips, to hand out to opioid using clients, if desired.

Stop ODs

Download: Wallet Sized Tips