Medicine Hat Naloxone Project

According to the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, there has been a sharp increase in the number of drug overdose deaths due to opioid drugs in Alberta. Recognizing this trend, the Alberta Minister of Health has approved the implementation of a province-wide Naloxone program. This program is coordinated through the Alberta Community Council on HIV (ACCH) and its members, specifically those who provide Harm Reduction Services. In Medicine Hat, the facilitation of the Naloxone Project has been delegated to HIV Community Link, at the Medicine Hat Cares Centre.

Overdose is a solvable problem through the collaborative efforts of ACCH, its members and the government of Alberta. Through the project, people who are at risk of opioid drug overdose and their peers will be trained to administer Naloxone and save a life. Naloxone is a cheap, fast acting, safe and effective antidote to opioid drug overdose with zero potential of misuse or abuse. Once trained, individuals at risk of overdose in Medicine Hat are given an overdose prevention kit which includes two doses of Naloxone. Friends, family members and outreach workers are also eligible for training.

Similar overdose prevention programs in Canada and around the world are already providing training in basic lifesaving skills and Naloxone administration to people who may witness or experience an overdose. This is a practical and appropriate response to a community crisis.

For further information on our Naloxone project please contact:
Joshua McLeod, Team Leader Support Services
Tel: 403-508-2718
email: jmcleod@hivcl.org