29 Alberta clinics now offer naloxone kits for fentanyl overdose treatment

Alberta Health Services is expanding access to naloxone, an antidote that reverses the effects of opioid overdoses. Global News

In an effort to address a rapid increase in fentanyl-related deaths in the province, Alberta Health Services announced Tuesday there will be expanded access to take-home naloxone kits. Naloxone is a drug that can temporarily reverse a fentanyl overdose.

Alberta Health is funding the distribution of 4,000 kits, and providing a mandatory training session that lasts between 10 and 15 minutes.

Twenty-nine walk-in clinics (scroll down for the full list) and eight existing harm reduction sites will receive the kits, along with the required prescription and training session.

The naloxone kits contain:

  • Instructions on how and when to administer the drug;
  • Two vials of naloxone;
  • Syringes;
  • An alcohol swab;
  • Latex gloves;
  • A one-way rescue breathing mask.

The training teaches mouth-to-mouth breathing and how to administer naloxone, which can temporarily reverse fentanyl’s effects if administered immediately. AHS said users then need to call 911 for more treatment.

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“[It’s] one weapon in our arsenal, if you will. Naloxone is a drug that reverses the effects of an overdose. You can think of it as an antidote to a fentanyl or opioid overdose or an EpiPen for an overdose,” Dr. Nicholas Etches, Calgary Zone medical officer of health, said in a statement.

“When naloxone is available to individuals that are at risk to an overdose, they are able to respond very quickly when someone does overdose. We have evidence to show this actually reduces the mortality from fentanyl overdoses.”

Etches said the take-home kits are important for drug users as well as their family and friends.

“We encourage both people who are using these drugs as well as their family and loved ones to get educated about how to prevent overdoses and how to respond to them,” he said.

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AHS said there were 272 overdose deaths involving fentanyl in Alberta in 2015, up from 120 in 2014.

However, Etches said the rate of fentanyl overdoses seems to be decreasing.

“It’s tough to speculate as to what the reasons are for why we’re seeing a slightly slowed rate of fentanyl overdose death. Certainly this is still an extremely high rate and we’re talking about hundreds of Albertan lives a year, which is a huge public health issue still,” he said.

He adds that the take-home kits are a good interim step until Health Canada makes a decision about whether naxolone should be available without a prescription.

Paramedics in Alberta have always been able to administer naloxone, which is the reversal agent for any opioid narcotic medication. This may include codeine, Demerol, morphine, OxyContin, oxycodone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), heroin or fentanyl, among others.

“Medical practitioners i.e. paramedics (EMT-P), who are licensed to administer pharmaceutical  narcotics always carry, and are trained in the use of administering naloxone,” EMS spokesperson Stuart Brideaux told Global News. “It is standard practice that if you are responsible for administering narcotics to patients, you are also prepared to reverse or diminish the narcotic effect in their body if they accidentally receive too much or have an adverse reaction.”

Brideaux said naloxone is also carried for the reversal of opioid narcotic overdoses that have occurred outside a medical environment (i.e. street drug versions).

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The expanded naloxone availability will help improve treatment access to rural parts of the province not easily reached by paramedics.

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Walk-in clinic locationsHoursDays
North Zone      
Anzac Community Hall

Ph: 780-791-6247

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.Wednesdays
Barrhead Community Health Services

4815 51 Ave., Barrhead

Ph: 780-674-3408

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.Mon/Wed/Fri
Bonnyville Mental Health

New Park Place, 5201 44 St., Bonnyville

Ph: 780-826-2404

1 – 3 p.m.Wednesdays
Boyle Community Health Centre

5004 Lakeview Rd., Boyle
Ph: 780-689-2677

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Conklin Nakewin Centre

245 Northland Dr., Conklin

Ph: 780-791-6247

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.Tuesdays
Edson Community Health Centre

5028 3 Ave., Edson


9 a.m. – 4 p.m.Mon-Fri
Fairview Public Health

10628 110 St., Fairview

Ph: 780-835-4951

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Mon-Fri
Fort McMurray STI Clinic

113 Thickwood Blvd., Fort McMurray

Ph: 780-791-6247

8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Mon-Fri
Fort McMurray Recovery Centre

451 Sakitawaw Tr., Fort McMurray

Ph: 780-793-8300

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.Mon-Fri
High Prairie Mental Health

4620 53 Ave., High Prairie

Ph: 780-523-6490

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.Wednesdays
Manning Community Health Centre

600 2nd St. N.E., Manning

Ph: 780-836-3391

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Mon-Fri
Northern Addictions Centre

11333 106 St., Grande Prairie

Ph: 780-538-5210

Please arrive at 3:30 p.m.Tuesdays
Northwest Health Centre

11202 100 Ave., High Level

Ph: 780-841-3229

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.Mon/Tues
Peace River Mental Health Services

10015 98 St., Peace River

Ph: 780-624-6151

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.Wednesdays
Sacred Heart Community Health

350 3 Ave. N.W., McLennan  

Ph: 780-324-3750

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.Mondays
Slave Lake Community Health Services

309 6 St. N.E., Slave Lake  

Ph: 780-805-3500

8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.Mon-Fri
Westlock Community Health Services

10024 107 Ave., Westlock

Ph: 780-349-3316

9 a.m. – noon

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Whitecourt Health

20 Sunset Blvd., Whitecourt

Ph: 780-778-5555

9 a.m.–noon
& 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.9 a.m. – 6 p.m.




Worsley Health Centre

404 Alberta Ave., Worsley

Ph: 780-685-3752

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Mon-Fri
Edmonton Zone  
Panorama Medical Clinic

221-10106 111 Ave. N.W., Edmonton

Ph: 780-471-4434

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Mon/Wed/Fri
Metro City Medical Clinic

10419 102 Ave., Edmonton

Ph: 780-429-3991

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.Mon-Fri
Central Zone  
Maskwacis Health Services

14 Ermineskin Ave., Maskwacis  

Ph: 780-585-2266

9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.Mon-Fri
Red Deer Primary Care Network

160, 5017 49 St., Red Deer

Ph: 403-340-3593

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


9 a.m. – noon




Thorpe Recovery Centre  – Blackfoot

21060 Tranquility Way

Ph: 1-877-875-8890

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Tues & Thurs
Calgary Zone  
Calgary Drop-in and Rehab Centre

1 Dermot Baldwin Way S.E., Calgary

Ph: 403-699-8233

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.Sun-Fri
Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS)

1001 10 Ave., Calgary

Ph: 403-221-8780

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.Mon-Fri
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SAIT Health Services (Students & Faculty staff)

R41, Sec. Burns Bldg, 1301 16 Ave. N.W., Calgary

Ph: 403-284-8666

8 a.m.  – 4:30 p.m.Mon-Fri
University of Calgary – Health Services  (Students & Faculty staff)
2500 University Drive S.W., Calgary

Ph: 403-210-9355

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.


1 p.m. – 4 p.m.


9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.






South Zone  
Medicine Hat Addiction Clinic

525 4 St. S.E., Medicine Hat

Ph: 403-487-3944

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.Mon-Fri

Lethbridge HIV Connection

1206-6 Avenue South, Lethbridge

Ph: 403-328-8186

Mon-Thurs 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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