NORTH BATTLEFORD - The province has announced they are expanding access to free take home naloxone kits to more pharmacy locations in the province.
The kits are now available in more than 76 communities across the province at 225 locations including 71 pharmacies, as well as at fixed and mobile harm reduction sites.
The kits are aimed at helping prevent overdose deaths in Saskatchewan. According to the province’s news release, naloxone can temporarily reverse effects from an opioid overdose, and potentially provide time for first responders to arrive. Free training to friends and family is also available at pharmacies.
In North Battleford the kits can be found at these locations:
Discovery Co-op Pharmacy, at 9800 Territorial Place Mall.
Shoppers Drug Mart, at 403 Frontier Centre, 11412 - Railway Ave. E.
Walmart, at 601 - Carlton Tr.
In Unity, the kits can be found at Delta Co-op Pharmacy, 130 - 2nd Ave. W.
"The loss of any life to overdose is a tragedy," Mental Health and Addictions Minister Everett Hindley said in a news release. "These are our friends, our family members and our neighbours. Our government remains committed to expanding access to overdose prevention services and harm reduction supplies including Take Home Naloxone kits."
According to the province, over 29,000 take home naloxone kits have been distributed since the program started in 2015, with over 6,800 used to temporarily reverse an overdose event.
More information on free take home naloxone kits, including a list of sites, can be found at saskatchewan.ca/overdose.