The Gallant government is going to buy 2,500 Naloxone kits at a price of $150,000 to help combat the opioid crisis.
The Department of Health will distribute the kits to target populations through needle exchange programs at AIDS Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton.
Naloxone is a safe drug that temporarily reverses overdoses caused by opioid drugs such as fentanyl or heroin.
The kits will be provided free of charge, and includes Naloxone, single-use syringes, a pair of latex gloves, alcohol swabs, a one-way rescue breathing barrier mask and a step-by-step instruction pamphlet.
(Photo credit: CC BY-SA 4 – January 8, 2016 – James Heilman, MD – http://bit.ly/2BwNksw)