Registered nurses can now prescribe the drug naloxone in community settings. The information below will support RNs in doing this.
For any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In response to the rising number of opioid-related overdoses and deaths in Alberta, the Scheduled Drugs Regulation under the Pharmacy and Drug Act was amended. Naloxone for use in emergency treatment of opioid overdose outside of a hospital setting was removed from the Schedule 2 drug list. It is now unscheduled in Alberta for use outside of a hospital setting.
RNs can reduce morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdose by providing access to naloxone, education, resources, and tools to those at risk.
RNs are responsible to: