August 28th, 2013
Naloxone is a safe and effective medication that can quickly reverse an opioid overdose. The BC Centre for Disease Control launched the BC Take Home Naloxone (THN) pilot program in August 2012 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.
With the support of our community partners, we have much reason to celebrate at the one year mark. As of August 15, 2013, the BC THN program has:
- Reversed 35 unintentional opioid overdoses
- Distributed over 400 naloxone kits to people who use opioids from 24 sites in 4 health authorities
- Trained an additional 150 service providers and friends and family members of people who use opioids in OD prevention and response in BC.