Those at risk of an opioid overdose now have access to free naloxone kits at seven sites across Prairie Mountain Health. Current PMH sites and nursing staff that offer harm reduction supply distribution will be the initial sites to have free “take home” naloxone kits available to distribute to clients/public. Kits will only be distributed to individuals who are at risk of opioid over-dose. This will be done in a private conservation between a trained Registered Nurse and the individual. However, any person can receive training on overdose prevention, recognition, response and how to use a naloxone kit.
PMH naloxone kit distribution sites include:
1. 7th Street Health Access Centre – Brandon | Contact: 204-578-4811
3. Dauphin Public Health | Contact: 204-638-2118
4. Roblin Public Health | Contact: 204-937-2151
5. Swan River Public Health | Contact: 204-734-6603
6. Camperville Primary Health Centre | Contact: 204-524-2169
7. Waterhen Primary Health Care Centre | Contact: 204-628-3329
Other sites within PMH may be added as needs are identified and as resources and training opportunities allow.
Please contact the distribution sites directly for hours of operation and how to access.
As more sites offer the kits, contact information will be added to the Street Connections website To find out where naloxone kits are available free of charge to those at risk of overdose, visit www.streetconnections.ca .
Street Connections (WRHA) has distributed naloxone kits in Winnipeg since January 2016 as part of a pilot project to help those at risk of a potential opioid overdose. Opioid drugs, such as fentanyl, morphine, oxycodone, codeine and heroin, are of particular concern because they can cause a person’s breathing to slow or stop, which may lead to death. Based on the success of this pilot, and the concern of opioid use and overdose risk throughout the province, Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors is working with each of the health regions to make free “take home” naloxone kits available to those who need it. Prairie Mountain Health has been taking steps to be part of this initiative.
Naloxone kits are also available for purchase at a number of community pharmacies. Individuals who have health coverage under First Nations Inuit Health are eligible for free kits from locations that are selling them. You can find a list of these pharmacies at the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba website: http://www.cphm.ca/. For additional information and resources, visit: www.manitoba.ca/fentanyl/index.html and https://afm.mb.ca/makeconnections/.
Remember if you suspect someone is overdosing, Call 911 first.