Article posted on June 23, 2020
Spike in opioid-related emergencies continues
Alberta Health Services has issued a second public alert about a significant increase in opioid-related poisonings in Edmonton and North Zones over the past month and other zones may also be seeing similar trends.
AHS News release #2 from June 22nd: https://albertahealthservices.ca/news/releases/2020/Page15525.aspx
AHS News release #1 from June 5th: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/Page15514.aspx
The Alberta MFR Program works with the Community Based Naloxone Program to provide MFR Agencies with injectable naloxone kits at no charge and additionally, some MFR Agencies have purchased nasal spray naloxone. The spike in opioid-related emergencies serves as a reminder to inspect naloxone kits for expiry dates and supplies. New or replacement naloxone kits (injectable) can be ordered by clicking here to access the Community Based Naloxone Kit Order Form. Expired naloxone kits do not need to be returned.
There is also an opportunity to refresh your knowledge on treating suspected opioid overdose using naloxone by reviewing the naloxone training module available on the Alberta MFR Portal. Click here to view Naloxone Training Resources for MFR.
During the current COVID-19 pandemic there may be additional safety considerations for responders. The AHS Community Based Naloxone Program has provided these notes on Opioid Poisoning Response and COVID-19.
Last Updated: Tuesday, June 23, 2020