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 2018:

  • Public Health and the Naloxone Expansion Sites have distributed 4,961 doses and 458 people were reported as being revived by naloxone.

Previous years:

  • 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 2018:

  • 4834 naloxone kits were distributed through Hamilton pharmacies.

Previous years:

  • In 2017, 2527 naloxone kits were distributed through Hamilton pharmacies.

Note: As of October 2018 published naloxone distribution will report naloxone doses distributed as there has been a change in the way naloxone is disseminated in the community. Previous data reported naloxone kits distributed. One kit is equivalent to 2 doses. 
Sources: Hamilton Public Health Services, Mental Health & Harm Reduction Program, extracted December 11, 2018; Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Ontario Naloxone Program for Pharmacies, extracted April 16, 2018.