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Alberta Health’s naloxone kits shown to save 50 lives

In Calgary, naloxone kits from AHS’ Safeworks program have saved five lives

Naloxone is used to reverse fentanyl overdoses. Metro File Photo

Metro File Photo

Naloxone is used to reverse fentanyl overdoses. Metro File Photo

Ever since Alberta Health began to roll out naloxone kits to fight against the province’s fentanyl crisis, the kits have shown to save more than 50 lives. 

From the time they were delivered in early summer to Dec. 4, 51 naloxone kits have reversed fentanyl overdoses, saving the lives of people who used them, according to Alberta Health. 

The government said 707 people in the province have acquired naloxone kits, and more than 3,000 are available for people to access. 

Naloxone is a drug used to prevent fentanyl overdoses.

Though 51 may seem low, the government said that number could be underreported.

“It’s likely that more have been used without people reporting it,” said Timothy Wilson, spokesperson for Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. 

The nature of the reports also make it difficult for the government to fully determine how many lives have been saved, he added. 

In Calgary, kits handed out by Alberta Health Service’s Safeworks program have saved five lives by reversing overdose effects, according to AHS spokesperson Don Stewart. 

He said 371 kits were given to Calgarians, adding numbers could also be underreported. 

Earlier this month, Alberta Health government loosened regulations to let medical professionals administer and prescribe the antidote. 

Wilson said the government is also looking to create more naloxone distribution sites. 

Last year, 120 Albertans died after taking fentanyl. From Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 of this year, there were 213 deaths related to the drug.

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