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BC Take Home Naloxone program marks 2 year anniversary

Posted on: August 26th, 2014

August 31, 2014, marks International Overdose Awareness Day and the anniversary of BC's Take Home Naloxone (THN) program. Being the only provincial program in Canada that has been in continuous operation for more than a year, the BC THN program aims to reduce harms and deaths due to opioid overdose. 

At 51 participating sites spread across all five regional health authorities, site staff provide training on how to prevent, recognize and respond to an opioid overdose, including administering naloxone. Naloxone is a safe medication that restores breathing during an overdose event; it cannot be abused and has no effect in the absence of opioids.

The program has received reports of over 125 overdose reversals over the past 24 months. The evaluation of the program in its first year of implementation is now available here. Additional program stats can be viewed by clicking on the infographic.

 

For more information about the program, click here