5in5 Pharmacy Project: Crucial Facts about Naloxone
In May, Ontario’s government responded to the rising rates of opioid misuse by making the drug naloxone available, for free, at pharmacies across the province.
Naloxone is a temporary antidote for overdoses from opioid drugs. Opioids, which include fentanyl and oxycodone, are typically prescribed for pain management, and addiction can often stem from this type of use. When an overdose occurs, naloxone can be injected into a muscle of the overdosed person.
Naloxone does not cure an overdose: it simply delays the effects of overdosing for about 30 minutes, buying time for an ambulance to take the affected person to hospital for further care. Even once naloxone has been given, you must call 9-1-1.