In response to the rising number of opioid-related overdoses and deaths in Alberta, Alberta Health has made naloxone an unscheduled drug for emergency use outside hospital settings effective Feb. 6, 2017. De-scheduling of naloxone was done by amending the Scheduled Drugs Regulation under the Pharmacy and Drug Act.
Alberta is experiencing a public-health crisis as the number of opioid-related overdoses and deaths continues to rise. The most urgent intervention to prevent more deaths is access and administration of naloxone and understanding how to respond to an overdose including rescue breathing and calling 911.
RNs can reduce morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdose by providing access to naloxone, education, resources, and tools to those at risk.
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