Naloxone kits across Canada should have both nasal spray and injection options: panel – CTV

Sept. 8, 2023

Take-home naloxone kits across Canada should contain both versions of the opioid overdose-reversing drug — a nasal spray and an injectable that goes into a muscle — says a panel of experts that includes people who use drugs.

The new guidance, led by the BC Centre for Disease Control, aims to standardize take-home naloxone kits that are distributed through various sites, including pharmacies, community groups and emergency departments, to anyone who could respond to an overdose.

Those who have used naloxone to save lives say having the nasal spray at hand could ensure a faster response because some people may be uncomfortable with needles.

Authors of the guidance, published recently in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, strongly recommend federal, provincial and territorial programs be adapted so people have a choice of methods when a fast response is needed after someone has overdosed on an illicit substance.

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