Registered Dental Hygienists may encounter a client who is experiencing an opioid overdose. Naloxone (Narcan) is a fast-acting drug used to temporarily reverse the potentially fatal effects of opioid overdoses. Naloxone only works if there are opioids in the system and is unlikely to cause harmful effects even if accidentally given to someone who is not experiencing an opioid overdose. Some commonly used opioids include fentanyl, heroin, morphine, codeine, oxycodone and methadone.
You can get a free Naloxone kit through a participating pharmacy and all you need to do is present your health card. The pharmacist may train you on how to recognize an opioid overdose, explain how to use the kit, and answer any questions you may have. Kits include:
- Information on how to respond to an opioid overdose.
- A card indicating that you have been trained on how and when to administer Naloxone.
- Two doses of Naloxone.
- A CPR face shield and pair of gloves.
Information on the use of Naloxone kits may also be available through your first aid and CPR training providers.
Who is eligible for a Naloxone kit?
- Anyone who is a family member, friend, or any other person who is in a position to assist a person at risk of overdose from opioids.
- Anyone who is currently using opioids.
- Anyone who is a past opioid user who may be at risk of returning to opioid use.
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