Naloxone Coverage for all New Brunswick Residents
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The use of prescription opioids among Canadians has increased substantially in the last two decades, positioning our country behind the United States as the second largest consumer of prescription opioids in the world. The introduction of fentanyl into the illicit drug market has drawn major attention recently due to the rise in overdose deaths in Canada. Accidental opioid-related overdose fatalities now surpass deaths from alcohol-related car accidents in many Canadian provinces.
Naloxone-a drug similar to Narcan that forces opioids such as heroin, methadone, oxycodone, and fentanyl off the receptors of the brain and restores breathing in the case of overdose. The medication works in just 2-5 minutes and lasts for about 30-90 minutes, so while additional medical treatment is necessary after administration, the drug is very effective in treating overdose victims prior to the arrival of an ambulance. Currently, in the province of New Brunswick, there is a fee of $40 for any person wishing to carry Naloxone and the drugstores that provide the medication is limited.
We are requesting your help in helping us address this problem with the government to take steps to making Naxolone accessible at no cost for all persons in New Brunswick holding a health card.
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