Opioids include substances like heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, morphine, oxycodone, and methadone. Some prescribed medications contain opioids as well as street drugs. The risk of overdose is always present.
By being able to recognize and respond to an overdose, you can save a life.
Naloxone is a safe medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, buying time for a person to get emergency medical care.
Opioids include substances like heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, morphine, oxycodone, and methadone. Sometimes, drugs may contain opioids without the person knowing. Giving naloxone can save a life.
Naloxone takes between 2-3 minutes to work and wears off within 30 to 90 minutes, so it is important to seek further medical attention.
If you have a naloxone kit, remember to:
• store it at a temperature of 15-25° C.
• check the expiry date
Whether your naloxone is expired or you think it’s been exposed to the elements, any PHU office can replace it free of charge.
If you or someone you know uses substances that may contain opioids, the Porcupine Health Unit and most pharmacies provide free take-home naloxone kits across the area. See the Government of Ontario’s Where to Get Naloxone page to find out where you can get a free kit or call any health unit office.