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 2019:

  • Public Health and the Naloxone Expansion Sites have distributed 13,381 doses and 1,699 people were reported as being revived by naloxone.

Previous years:

  • In 2018, 6,412 naloxone doses were distributed by Public Health & Expansion Sites, reviving 568 people.
  • In 2017, 3,402 naloxone doses were distributed by Public Health, reviving 460 people.
  • In 2016, 924 doses were distributed, reviving 192 people.

Hamilton Pharmacies

So far in 2019:

  • Between January and April, Hamilton pharmacies distributed 3,443 naloxone kits.

Previous years:

  • In 2018, 6,521 naloxone kits were distributed through Hamilton pharmacies.
  • In 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 December 2, 2019; Ontario Drug Policy Research Network. Ontario Prescription Opioid Tool. Toronto, ON; Updated November 2018. DOI: 10.31027/ODPRN.2018.01. Available from: