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Coming Soon


New cases for Take Home Naloxone kits have been designed in consultation with peers and staff across the province, especially with the help of Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU), one of the oldest peer-run organizations in Canada.

New kits

The black rectangular cases with a white zipper will feature a red cross with naloxone written in white. The smaller, flatter case should be easier to carry and distinguishable as a first aid kit to prevent confiscation by law enforcement.


BC Corrections will soon begin a pilot project implementing a Take Home Naloxone program in two correctional facilities in the Fraser Valley for inmates on release.

Updated Infograph: 240 Overdose Reversals!

New Initiatives


Nurses that possess the required competencies will be able to dispense naloxone without a prescriber’s order in accordance with the decision support tool for dispensing naloxone.

 The College of Registered Nurses (CRNBC) has updated its scope of practice to reflect these changes. We would like to thank all authors and partners involved in this effort to increase access to naloxone!


Revisions have been made to improve evaluation of the THN program. The new forms are available on our Naloxone page.


HealthLinkBC has information on BC’s Take Home Naloxone program including facts sheets in English, Chinese, French, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamese.


Accreditation Canada has deemed BC THN to be a certified leading practice. It is among the nearly 1,000 practices recognized as being particularly innovative and effective in improving quality.


Naloxone and the Inner City Youth Experience (NICYE) is a joint qualitative research project between the BCCDC and Vancouver’s Inner City Youth (ICY) team. The project will collect qualitative data from ICY youth participants that have been trained in Take Home Naloxone, assessing their experience, understanding, and attitudes of the program. Two peer researchers have been hired to help facilitate the project, guaranteeing community-based participation throughout the process.

Presenters at Alberta’s Harm Reduction conference from L- R: Dr. Ian Mitchell, Kirstin McLaughlin, Ashraf Amlani, Justin Sorge, Graham Ambrose

Pacific AIDS Network - Frontline Service Providers (Feb.26)

Introduction to Take Home Naloxone (Presentation - Ashraf Amlani)

Overdose Prevention In A Rural Community (Presentation - Jessica Bridgeman)

Drug quality assurance practices and communication of drug alerts among people who use drugs (Presentation - Alissa Greer)

Bayesian predictors of naloxone administration among harm reduction clients (Poster - Justin Sorge)

Canadian Public Health Association (May 25-28, Victoria)

Communicating Illicit Drug-Related Harms Public Health Physicians of Canada (Presentation – Dr. Jane Buxton)

Surveillance of pharmaceutical opioid-associated harms in Canada: A public health imperative (Panelist – Dr. Jane Buxton)

Preventing Overdose Deaths by Expanding Access to Community-Based Naloxone Programs (Panel Chair – Dr. Jane Buxton)

Peer Engagement in Harm Reduction (Presentation – Dr. Jane Buxton)

Mapping Opioid Overdoses and Deaths in British Columbia (Poster - Ashraf Amlani, Rakel Kling)

Alberta Harm Reduction Conference (June 2-3, Edmonton)

Fentanyl Urine Drug Screen: Assessing the prevalence of fentanyl use among harm reduction clients in BC (Presentation - Ashraf Amlani)

Communicating drug alerts and quality assurance practices among drug users (Presentation - Ashraf Amlani)

The 2014 annual provincial harm reduction survey among clients who use substance in BC (Presentation – Justin Sorge)

BC Take Home Naloxone (THN) Program: A Quantitative Evaluation (Presentation – Graham Ambrose)

Take Home Naloxone Dispensation in the Emergency Department Setting (Presentation - Kirstin McLaughlin)

Preventing opioid overdoses: tracking urine fentanyl concentrations among illicit drug users across BC (Poster - Noren Khamis)