Click below to learn more about the signs of an opioid overdose and the 5 important steps in responding.
AUGUST 2020 - Time to remember loved ones and end overdose
Local communities in Nova Scotia and around the world are coming together on August 31st 2020 to remember those who have died or suffered permanent injury due to drug overdose.
Observed on the 31st of August every year, International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) seeks to create better understanding of overdose, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and create change that reduces the harms associated with drug use. During these uncertain times, now more than ever, it is important to acknowledge the impact overdoses and substance use has on our communities. #ENDOVERDOSE
APRIL 2020 - New Training Videos
The Take Home Naloxone Program is launching two new videos to help train you from the comfort of your home.
You can still get new kits, the training is just a little different.
Don't forget we have a Learn More page that has lots of great resources for you, your family, and your friends.
How to Respond to an Opioid Overdose:
How to Administer Naloxone:
MARCH 2020 - Coping with COVID-19
As we hear more about the spread of coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) around the world, it may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. If you’re feeling panicked or anxious around COVID-19, here are some tips for how to cope with it. Click here to download the infographic.
NOVEMBER 2019 - Take Home Naloxone Success Continues
Check out the current numbers of distributed kits and reported overdose reversals thanks to the program. Click the image for a closer look.
MARCH 2019 - March is Pharmacist Awareness Month
We want to recognize and celebrate the contributions that pharmacists make to our health, and the significant role pharmacists have in the success of the Nova Scotia Take Home Naloxone Program. By pharmacies providing overdose prevention, and naloxone administration training, they are one of the many sites that help educate Nova Scotians' about the program, other health care services, and provide this life saving medication.
FEBRUARY 19, 2019 - Health Canada "End Stigma" Campaign
Health Canada launched a new campaign entitled End Stigma.
Stigma matters because it can prevent people who use drugs from getting help. People who are stigmatised often feel ashamed, alone and judged. Together we can help end stigma.
JANUARY 10, 2019 - "GOLD: ‘Nova Scotia Take Home Naloxone Program’"
We are pleased to announce that the Nova Scotia Take Home Naloxone Program has been determined as a winning submission under the Excellence in Mental Health and Quality Improvements category within the 2019 NSHA Quality Award competition.
The Take Home Naloxone Project Team received ‘Gold’ recognition for their submission.
NSHA Quality Team Awards recognize innovation, quality, patient/family engagement and teamwork, which are important elements of the quality improvement process. This award highlights that the Nova Scotia Take Home Naloxone Program demonstrates an innovative and dedicated approach to people centered care, and supports NSHA to achieve excellence in health, healing and learning through working together.
Congratulations to all of our community partners and organizations in making the recognition of Nova Scotia Take Home Naloxone Program possible.
JUNE 11, 2018 - Health Canada launches anti-stigma video.
Health Canada has releases a new, short, educational video, entitled "Together, we can stop the cycle of stigma".
JAN. 29, 2018 - Take Home Naloxone Kits are now available free of charge at over 280 Pharmacies across Nova Scotia. You do not need a prescription or a NS Health Card number to get a kit. Go to your nearest pharmacy and speak with a pharmacist about getting a kit.
Questions about the Take Home Naloxone Program? Naloxone?
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please allow two business days for a reply.
Toll Free Number: 1-833-347-2142
"WHO IS YOUR KIT FOR?" VIDEO
With generous funding and support from the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore’s Women’s Giving Circle, Nova Scotia Health Authority has developed a series of videos aimed at raising awareness and reducing stigma about Naloxone.
Halifax Area Network of Drug Using People (HANDUP) is an organization working to improve the lives of people who use drugs through user based peer support and evidence based education.
HANDUP along with Direction 180 created a video sharing the experiences drug users in the HRM had in their day to day lives.
GOOD SAMARITAN ACT FOR DRUG OVERDOSE
In May 2017 the Good Samaritan Act for Drug Overdose, was passed in Canada. It provides some legal protection for both the drug overdose victim and the person phoning 911.