Fentanyl has become a huge issue in Manitoba, and with the drug popping up more and more, Fentanyl overdose related deaths have doubled in the past year. Naloxone is a drug that can reverse the effect of certain opioids including Fentanyl, giving first responders a better chance of saving the victims life. Fentanyl is especially dangerous because it is a very potent drug and is up to 100x stronger than morphine.
“Overdose is one of the leading causes of accidental death in Manitoba,” said Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen in press release. “Making naloxone kits available across the province won’t stop the opioids crisis but it will save lives and help prevent overdoses.”
Free Naloxone kits can be found in nine different locations around Manitoba including the Thompson Public Health, Gillam Public Health, the Flin Flon Primary Health Care Centre, The Pas Primary Health Care Centre, the Selkirk Public Health Office and the Nations-First Pharmacy in Pine Falls. Street Connections says that people with health coverage under First Nations Inuit Health are eligible for free naloxone kits from pharmacies where they are sold. Street Connections also recommends that opioid users bring someone who is likely to be with them if they overdose such as a friend or family member when they go to pick up a naloxone kit so that person will know how to respond to an opioid overdose.