Registered nurses can distribute the drug naloxone in community settings. The information below will support RNs in doing this.
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In response to the rising number of opioid-related overdoses and deaths in Alberta, the Scheduled Drugs Regulation under the Pharmacy and Drug Act was amended. Naloxone for use in emergency treatment of opioid overdose outside of a hospital setting was removed from the Schedule 2 drug list to enable the distribution of naloxone in the community.
RNs can reduce morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdose by providing access to naloxone, education, resources, and tools to those at risk.
RNs are responsible to: