Responsibilities for distributing Take Home Naloxone Kits and Narcan® Nasal Spray (naloxone)
Registered nurses can distribute the drug naloxone in community settings. The information below will support RNs in doing this.
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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:
- practice safely, competently and ethically in accordance with practice standards
- support the principles of harm reduction
- engage with and promote collaboration with clients, community partners and health-care providers on harm reduction
- be knowledgeable about overdose prevention, recognition and response
- distribute naloxone (THN) kits or the Narcan® Nasal Spray (naloxone) as outlined by or supplied by their employer
- perform the appropriate client assessment to ensure the safe and consistent distribution of Take Home naloxone kits or Narcan® Nasal Spray (naloxone)
- provide client education to address learning needs
- report issues or unforeseen situations that may compromise the health of the client(s) or limit access to harm reduction resources and addiction and mental health services
- refer clients to other care providers when required
- support systems that enable the client to make informed decisions and self-select naloxone, whenever possible
- document the distribution of the THN kit according to employer policy
- follow all employer directives and policy for distribution of the Naloxone (THN) kits.