Opioid overdose is an ongoing public health problem. Our FAQ is there to help you understand the issues and dangers of this crisis.
Learn how to react in case of an overdose and how to recognize the signs and avoid them. Discover the role of Naloxone as an antidote during an overdose and how to get your hands on a naloxone kit by visiting your pharmacist.
The opioid crisis in Quebec: let the statistics speak
In 2017, 6,072 hospital visits were due to opioid poisoning in Canada were identified. This represents a rate of 16,4 hospitalizations per 100,000 inhabitants1. The situation in Quebec is better than the Canadian average, with 9,8 hospitalizations per 100,000 inhabitants. (2016 data for Qc).
Intoxication occurs when these two conditions are met:
An opioid is taken in an inappropriate way (eg: non-compliance with the dosage, not following the recommendations, taking someone else’s medicine) AND causes a serious health problem.
When you pick up your naloxone kit at the pharmacy, the pharmacist will explain how to administer naloxone and give you advice.
If you have questions or concerns about the use of medications opioids or naloxone, do not hesitate to consult your pharmacist. He can give you the information you need and answer your questions.
1 CIHI (Canadian Institute for Health Information). Opioid-Related Harms in Canada [Internet]. Available: https://www.cihi.ca/sites/default/files/document/opioid-related-harms-report-2018-en-web.pdf
2 Health Canada. Opioid Overdose [Internet]. Available: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/substance-use/problematic-prescription-drug-use/opioids/overdose.html
3 Health Canada. Naloxone [Internet]. Available: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/substance-use/problematic-prescription-drug-use/opioids/naloxone.html
4 INESSS. Naloxone [Internet]. Disponible: https://www.inesss.qc.ca/en/themes/medicaments/collective-prescriptions/protocoles-medicaux-nationaux-et-ordonnances-associees/naloxone.html
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The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.