NALOXONE (NARCAN) AVAILABILITY AT PHARMACIES
The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Department of Health is announcing the availability of naloxone nasal spray (used for an opiate overdose) at the Proxim Pharmacy at the Kanonhkwat’sheri:io Health Facility or a pharmacy of your choice.
Naloxone is a medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and allow time for medical help to arrive. The Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance staff is trained and can administer Narcan in the event of an opioid overdose. The number to call in an emergency is 613-575-2000.
Naloxone has been available for free through pharmacies since 2016. This was in response to the opioid crisis, and in particular, the increase in overdose deaths. Fentanyl has been linked to many of these overdose deaths.
Fentanyl is an opioid that is 100 times more powerful than morphine and used to treat severe pain. Most street fentanyl in Canada is produced illegally as a powder. It is increasingly found in street drugs, such as heroin and cocaine, and used to make tablets that look like prescription medications. Many overdoses have occurred because people did not know that what they were taking was contaminated with fentanyl.
Should you know someone who uses opioids or other street drugs, it is a good idea to have a naloxone kit (nasal spray or injection), which is available free of charge through Proxim Pharmacy or any pharmacy of your choice. You will need to present your provincial health card and certificate of Indian status.
For information and to book an appointment, please call:
Proxim Pharmacy at 613-575-2341 ext. 3250 or direct line 613-575-1160.
For Medical Emergencies: Go to your nearest emergency department or call 613-575-2000 for assistance.