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Take Home Naloxone

BC Center for Disease Control started the Take Home Naloxone program in 2012 to provide life-saving training and kits to people at risk of an opioid overdose. There are now over 600 sites participating across British Columbia.

What is Naloxone?

What is Naloxone?

Naloxone is a medication that quickly reverses the effects of an overdose from opioids such as heroin, methadone, fentanyl and morphine. It is available in BC without a prescription and often given as an injection into a muscle.

What is Naloxone?

What is Naloxone?

Naloxone is a medication that quickly reverses the effects of an overdose from opioids such as heroin, methadone, fentanyl and morphine. It is available in BC without a prescription and often given as an injection into a muscle.

How to get a Take Home Naloxone kit

Kits are available at no cost to:

  • people at risk of an opioid overdose
  • people likely to witness and respond to an overdose such as a family or friend of someone at risk

To locate a participating site near you, use our Site Finder search tool. Kits are not available to individuals directly through the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Employers/Businesses

Naloxone should be provided by the employer when it's for:

  • health staff
  • occupational health & safety purposes

Naloxone kits for private businesses should be purchased from a community pharmacy.

Medical Offices in BC

If your clinic wishes to have naloxone on site in case of an overdose, visit your local pharmacy to purchase the naloxone and any supplies you may need to administer it. These pharmacies should also provide training on how to safely administer naloxone, according to guidance by the College of Pharmacists of BC in collaboration with the BC Centre for Disease Control.

A key part of the overdose response includes rescue breathing. Pharmacy-made kits may be useful as they provide syringes and breathing masks to support this response.

Find the location of pharmacies in BC that report selling naloxone and providing training. 

Patients Eligible for Take Home Naloxone Kits

Take Home Naloxone kits are available at no cost for patients who use drugs or are likely to witness an overdose. Refer them to a nearby Take Home Naloxone site. Kits are not available to individuals directly through the BC Centre for Disease Control.

How to Become A Site

Register - Training - Supplies (approved sites only)

Step 1: Register

Your site must become registered and approved as a Take Home Naloxone site. To apply, complete the New Site Registration Form and contact your local Harm Reduction Coordinator for further details.

You will receive confirmation from us that your site is approved.

Step 2: Training

Take Home Naloxone sites teach people how to use their kits to respond to an overdose. Review our training materials including an interactive learning lesson, videos, training manual and more. 

Who Can Train? A Take Home Naloxone trainer can be anyone who has reviewed and understands the material in the training manual and who is able to demonstrate the preparation and giving of an Intramuscular (IM) injection. 

Step 3: Supplies

Once your site is approved, you'll be able to order Take Home Naloxone kits to distribute. You'll need to maintain records and supplies.

Already A Site?

Existing Take Home Naloxone sites can find paperwork, resources and updates.

Get Naloxone

Take Home Naloxone kits are available at sites across the province.

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