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Province expands naloxone program

Alberta’s firefighters now have greater access to lifesaving naloxone kits now that all first responders can administer naloxone by injection.

The province said Tuesday fentanyl and other opioids continue to take a deadly toll in Alberta communities. There were 343 deaths in 2016 due to apparent fentanyl-related drug overdoses, a 33 per cent increase from the 257 deaths listed in 2015. […]

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Pharmacies now providing free take-home naloxone kits

Almost 300 pharmacies have signed on to provide take-home naloxone kits and train people to use them safely. The government announced Wednesday approximately 1,100 of the province’s pharmacies are eligible to participate in the voluntary program.

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Authorities warning of illicit fentanyl use

Alberta RCMP, Alberta Health Services, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are expressing their concerns about the illicit use of fentanyl in Alberta. Authorities say the substance has contributed to more than 100 deaths in Alberta in 2014, a number significantly on the rise from the six deaths reported in 2011. […]