May 17th, 2013
Naloxone is a safe and effective medication that can quickly reverse an opioid overdose. As of August 2012, the BC Centre for Disease Control launched the BC Take Home Naloxone (THN) pilot program to provide overdose prevention and response training to people at risk and their friends and family. Only those who use opioids and complete the training are prescribed and dispensed a THN kit from a participating site. The kit contains the tools necessary to administer naloxone in the event of an overdose giving people immediate access to a potentially life-saving treatment.
In the first nine months of the program, this is what we have reported back:
- There have been 14 known overdose reversals.
- 995 THN kits have been sent to 18 sites in 3 health authorities.
- 248 people have completed the training and received a kit.
- More than 400 people have been trained in OD prevention and response in BC. This included people who use drugs, their friends and family, and service providers.