Ontario is currently experiencing an increase in harms related to opioids, with a death due to overdose estimated as occurring every 14 hours in the province. As part of Ontario’s Strategy to Prevent Opioid Addiction and Overdose, Naloxone is now available free of charge at pharmacies across the province. Naloxone is a life-saving drug that can reverse an opioid overdose.
Since the launch of the program in June 2016, more than 28,000 Naloxone kits have been dispensed at pharmacies, public health units, and community-based organizations. By the end of spring, provincial correctional facilities will also be distributing Naloxone kits to high-risk individuals.
CMHA Ontario and Addictions and Mental Health Ontario developed a joint response to the proposed Strategy. Read our response on our website.
For more information on participating pharmacies and organizations that distribute Naloxone free of charge, visit this page on the Ontario website.