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Hamilton Opioid Information System - Naloxone

Naloxone is a medication that reverses the effects of opioid overdose. Naloxone is available free of charge at many pharmacies.

Public Health & Naloxone Expansion Sites

So far in 2020:

  • Public Health & Naloxone Expansion Sites distributed 3,347 doses, reviving 166 lives.

Previous years:

  • 2019: 17,705 naloxone doses were distributed by Public Health & Naloxone Expansion Sites, reviving 2,214 people.  
  • 2018: 6,412 naloxone doses were distributed by Public Health & Expansion Sites, reviving 568 people.
  • 2017: 3,402 naloxone doses were distributed by Public Health, reviving 460 people.
  • 2016: 924 doses were distributed, reviving 192 people.

Hamilton Pharmacies

Between January and November 2019:

  • Hamilton pharmacies distributed 10,681 naloxone kits.

Previous years:

  • 2018: 7,061 naloxone kits were distributed through Hamilton pharmacies.
  • 2017: 2,501 naloxone kits were distributed through Hamilton pharmacies.

Note: Because of the way naloxone is disseminated in the community, published data now reports naloxone doses distributed. Previously published data reported naloxone kits distributed. One kit is equivalent to 2 doses. Additional community agencies also began reporting "people revived" information in 2019.
Sources: Hamilton Public Health Services, Mental Health & Harm Reduction Program, extracted April 1, 2020; Ontario Drug Policy Research Network. Ontario Prescription Opioid Tool. Toronto, ON; Updated December 13, 2019. DOI: 10.31027/ODPRN.2018.01. Available from: http://odprn.ca/ontario-opioid-drugobservatory/ontario-prescription-opioid-tool/