Quebec pharmacies to offer free life-saving overdose drug starting tomorrow

Nov 9 2017, 6:58 pm

Starting November 10, 1,900 community pharmacies in Quebec will carry naloxone – the drug used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose – for free.

Citizens aged 14 and older will be eligible for the program, and no prescription will be required to access the naloxone.

“Naloxone has a proven track record and is already available in pharmacies, but with this new free access program, people who need it will be able to get it more easily in their home environment. We thank the Quebec Association of Proprietor Pharmacists for their collaboration in the implementation of this program,” said Gaétan Barrette, Minister of Health and Social Services, in a statement.

In September, the province also announced that it will allow anyone, in the absence of a first responder, to administer naloxone to a person in an overdose situation.

The federal government is also working on the National Strategy for Prevention and Response to Opioid Overdoses, which is expected to be released later this year.

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