Take-home naloxone kits are now available from two Salt Spring health care outlets as Island Health attempts to respond to the province-wide opioid crisis.
Island Health had distributed more than 4,100 publicly funded kits across the Vancouver Island region as of Jan. 21, and has trained more than 600 staff members at nearly 60 sites on how to administer them.
People who consume opioids or substances that might contain fentanyl, carfentanyl or heroin can find the overdose reversal drug at the Salt Spring Public Health Office and Lady Minto Hospital’s emergency department. People who are most likely to witness and respond to an overdose, including parents, partners and peers, are also encouraged to take home one of the publicly funded kits,
“Naloxone saves lives,” said public health nurse Jenny Redpath. “Here on Salt Spring Island, we are pleased to be able to offer naloxone training and kits to people who need this life-saving drug the most.”
Redpath also encourages individuals who are going to use illegal drugs to avoid using alone, and to make sure someone is around who is willing and able to seek help if an overdose happens.