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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 1300 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.

Naloxone for Not for Profit Organizations

Not-for-profit organizations that work directly with clients at risk of opioid overdose may be eligible to participate in our Facility Overdose Response Box (FORB) program. Please click here for further information.

Naloxone for Businesses

BCCDC THN kits are not currently available for private businesses, however, both intranasal and injectable formulations and supplies can be purchased from a community pharmacy.

Pharmacists can provide training at the time purchase. 

Group Training for Businesses

Group training sessions in Overdose Recognition and Response are available in BC through St John Ambulance

Naloxone for Health Care Providers

Health Care employees seeking naloxone for use in the workplace should speak to their employer or regional Health Authority. The BC Take Home Naloxone program does not provide naloxone to Heath Authority sites for use in the workplace. 

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.

Naloxone for Patients 

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.

 

 

 

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.