Posted at 10:29 am on November 9, 2017

The province announced Wednesday that they are committing more money to help reduce wait times for treatment centres linked to powerful painkillers. Health Minister and Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey announced that the government is putting $800,000 to help create 250 additional spots in treatment programs at 12 locations around the province.
Delorey says the Health Authority will open new locations in Antigonish, New Glasgow and on the south shore. Delorey hopes that adding these spots will help those who are in need:
The programs will offer overdose kits that include nalaxone, and other services for those misusing potent painkillers. Delorey says the programs are aimed not just at preventing overdoses but also at giving people the support they need to live well.

Posted at 10:44 am on September 5, 2017

As Canada experiences a national opioid crisis, universities across the country are doing their best to tackle the issue as students return to school. In the province, 53 people died from overdosing on opioids, and many of those deaths could have been prevented with life saving Naloxone kits.
St.FX spokesperson, Cindy MacKenzie says “To date the univeristy has not had any opioids issues on campus.” She adds that the university is being proactive by offering awareness and education during Orientation Week to all first-year students. In addition, the school will be deploying naloxone kits and training staff on campus in case there is ever the need.
University of King’s College in Halifax and Cape Breton University have also confirmed that they have security officials and student leaders who will be educated to detect situations where Naloxone might be required.

Posted at 11:10 am on July 20, 2017

Health officials in the province say free naloxone kits will be available to the public at 300 community pharmacies across the province beginning September 1st. This is to address a growing problem nation wide with opioids.
Health Minister Randy Delorey says the move to expand the 564-thousand dollar antidote program is part of a plan to address opioid use and overdoses. Delorey says this new framework is meant to create a support for those who are impacted by the addictive drugs:
The plan focuses on five key issues including understanding the issue, prevention, harm reduction, treatment, prescribing practices and law enforcement.