Increase in naloxone kits handed out by HIV North in Grande Prairie

By Glory Przekop
October 11, 2018 - 7:55am Updated: October 11, 2018 - 8:47am

The number of naloxone kits handed out by HIV North has increased this year.

The Society's Overdose Prevention Nurse Jessica Chalus says 1,994 kits have been given out between January 1st and September 30th.

“It’s actually higher than my entire total for 2017 and already approximately 200 more than for the entire year last year and it is only the end of September so it is high. On average we are handing out about 200 to 300 kits a month, every month.”

She goes onto say “we handed 178 out in January, 180 in February, 236 in March, 296 in April and it just kind of trends in that area. We haven’t seen a decrease, we haven’t seen an increase either, so it is just remaining steady around that 200 to 300 mark.”      

She says these numbers do not include what local pharmacies have handed out and she estimates 20 to 30 kits are actually used a month.

“So I would say one to two every day. Our complete overdose reversals for the year that we know about is 198, so that is 198 lives saved since January 2018.” 

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