Connect with us


Find a Site

  • Naloxone Saves Lives

    Naloxone Saves Lives

    BC has a program that trains people to respond to opioid overdoses and provides kits.

    Play Video
    Share it on

Take Home Naloxone

The BC Take Home Naloxone (THN) program was developed by the BC Center for Disease Control in 2012 to provide life saving training and naloxone kits to people at risk of opioid overdose. Now in its fifth year, the program has over 550 participating sites across BC.

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.

Eligibility

How to Receive a Take Home Naloxone Kit

Naloxone Kit Contents

Take Home Naloxone kits are available at over 550 registered sites across the province.

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.

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 at the clinic, please visit your local pharmacy to purchase the drug (naloxone) and any supplies you may need to administer naloxone on a patient who is overdosing in your clinic. 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.

Please note that a key part of the overdose response includes rescue breathing; as such, pharmacy-made kits may be useful as they provide syringes and breathing masks to support this response.

The location of pharmacies in BC that report they are selling naloxone and providing training can be found here http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/overdose-awareness/pharmacy_list.pdf.

If your clinic has patients who are eligible for Take Home Naloxone kits at no cost (patients who use drugs, or are likely to witness and respond to an overdose) please refer them to a BC Take Home Naloxone site. 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.

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.

Please enter a valid location or a known location that is near you.