Naloxone is a drug that can temporarily reverse an opioid (such as Fentanyl) overdose, so long as it is given right away and followed up by emergency medical care.
In other words: if you’re having an OD from opioid (such as Fentanyl), Naloxone can save your life.
You can get a Naloxone Kit to carry with you, when using drugs.
Naloxone kits are available free of charge to anyone at risk of opioid overdose (i.e. current or previous users of opioids).
To get your Naloxone Kit, visit one of the following organizations or a walk-in clinic:
HIV Community Link
HIV North Society (Grande Prairie)
HIV North Society (Fort McMurray)
HIV West Yellowhead (Edson)
Naloxone is safe, effective, and can’t be abused – these Kits can help save lives.
For more on Alberta’s Take Home Naloxone Program, click here.
View our interactive map of pharmacies and walk-in clinics carrying Take Home Naloxone Kits:
Call 911 immediately if an overdose is suspected.
If you’re concerned about your own or someone else’s use of illicit drugs, or misuse of drugs of any kind, or if you would simply like more info on drug use, call the Addiction Helpline (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week) at 1-866-332-2322, or Health link at 811.
Treatment options, information and resources on opioids are also available to patients, family, community agencies and health care professionals through an AHS Opioid Dependency Program.
Fentanyl may be 100 times more toxic than morphine, heroin, or oxycodone. Even small amounts can result in overdose and it can be found in other drugs without you knowing.
If you’re going to use:
The following symptoms are signs of an overdose.
If you are using drugs, or are with someone who has used drugs, and you or they have any of these symptoms call 911:
If you suspect an overdose:
Stimulate: Is the person unresponsive? Call 911
Airway: Are they breathing? No -> open airway, begin rescue breathing
Ventilation: Give 1 breath every 5 seconds, chest should rise with each breath
Evaluate: Are they responsive or breathing on their own? Administer naloxone.
adMinister naloxone. Naloxone will take 2 – 5 min to kick in
Alberta Health Services welcomes community partners and stakeholders to print the below materials and use, as they feel appropriate.
Community agencies working with entrenched users can download and print these wallet-sized tips, to hand out to opioid using clients, if desired.
Download: Wallet Sized Tips