Opioid overdose is a terrifying moment and it look like now there are steps being taken in order to prevent this from taking place. What is one of them? Well, authorities have decided to cover Naloxone nasal spray as a way to fight and overdose and save someone’s life, if it gets prescribed by a pharmacist or if he or she recommends it to the patients.
Who will use it?
The Department of Indigenous Services Canada’s Non-Insured Health Benefits program has decided on the 27th of March to list this spray as an open benefit. It has been shown to be a tool that could save one’s life since it temporarily reverses the effects of an overdose, allowing for the person to be saved.
People can ask to buy the spray for their own use or to have it on hand if they need to save someone that is at risk of getting into this type of situation.
The program that we mentioned before is meant to address issues that deal with dental care, drug abuse, mental health counseling, obtaining medical supplies and many other medical services for the First nations and Inuit. The main goal is to improve the lives of those that often get neglected and give them the right to live a healthy life.
Canada is aware that is has a drug problem and it working to solve it. For once, they have started to introduce stations where people can take drugs in a safe environment and now they are working on making treatments available in order to prevent death. This is all caused by the fact that back in 2015 2,861 people died from an opioid overdose and in 2017 the number was even bigger, with 2,923 people dying from this in just the first nine months of the year.