Free and anonymous access to naloxone kits now available at pharmacies

published on December 22, 2017 by Zak Vescera in The Ubyssey

The BC government has made naloxone kits available for free at pharmacies across the province, following $2 million in additional annual funding to its “Take Home Naloxone” program and a partnership with London Drugs.

Kit recipients are also not required to give identifying information.

For UBC students, the new policy will mean increased anonymous access to a life-saving substance previously only available for free via specified services and sites. On campus, the kits are now accessible at London Drugs and Save-On Foods’ pharmacy locations, as well as University Pharmacy.

The government’s latest move is an important step towards making fentanyl accessible, especially for those uncomfortable accessing other health services, according to Stephanie Lake — a PhD student at the UBC School of Public Health and chair of the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Use’s Vancouver chapter.

“This is a great way to expand access to naloxone at no cost to individuals who may be at high risk of overdose or of witnessing an overdose, but who may not have felt comfortable accessing naloxone,” said Lake in a written statement to The Ubyssey.

This effort is also complemented by student-led initiatives in the fight against the overdose crisis.

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