General Information about the BC Take Home Naloxone Program
ALERT: Naloxone with Lot # 417063 is due to expire on April 30, 2017.
This affects kits numbered within the range of #002441 through #007967 and would have been included in deliveries made between September 2014 and October 2015. A guide for replacing expired naloxone can be found here.
KIT ELIGIBILITY: Take Home Naloxone kits are now available, at no cost, for people who are at risk of an opioid overdose and people who are likely to witness and respond to an overdose. Kits are not available for use by health staff, private business or for OH&S purposes and in such cases the drug should be purchased from a community pharmacy.
Take Home Naloxone (THN) kits are only available to registered and approved sites for ongoing distribution to individuals at risk of opioid overdose or to those at risk of witnessing an overdose, such as family and friends. If you are a registered, non-profit community organisation, you may qualify to participate in our Facility Overdose Response Box (FORB) Program (see below).
Naloxone in Schools - Schools are not deemed to be high-risk environment, with no overdoses having occurred in a school to date. Schools with a known high-risk population, or who are aware of drug use on or near school grounds are encouraged to purchase naloxone from a community pharmacy. Resources for teachers and parents are available here: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/overdose.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Eligible community organizations can apply to participate in the Facility Overdose Response Box (FORB) Program. Approved sites receive naloxone, at no cost, for administering to their clients in the event of an overdose at their organization. You can learn more about the program and eligibility requirements here: Intro to Facility Overdose Response Box Program and more detailed information here.
Take Home Naloxone Program Statistics
- THN Statistics by Year
- THN Infographic Below:
If you are a member of the public looking to get overdose prevention & response training and a naloxone kit, use our site finder to locate a Take Home Naloxone site near you.
Setting up a BC Take Home Naloxone Program in Your Community
To apply to become a registered Take Hone Naloxone site, refer to the New Site Registration Form and contact your local Harm Reduction Coordinator for further details.To qualify, sites must have an overseeing Health Care Provider on-site and must serve people who are most likely to witness and respond to an opioid overdose.
Forms for BC Take Home Naloxone Programs
Site coordinators will need the documents below to maintain records and to order new supplies.
- NEW - Distribution (Dispensing) Record
- Overdose Response Information Form (when naloxone is used) - Updated Dec 15, 2016 (now 1 page only)
- Poster: Why Clients Should Complete the OD Form - Your Voice Matters!
- Supply Order Form - Updated Oct, 2016
- Update Site Details Form (for use by existing sites to update contact/personnel info)