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Overdose response measures roll out in emergency departments

Interior Health has begun implementing measures in emergency departments to improve overdose surveillance and arm those at risk with naloxone.

Emergency departments in Castlegar, Kamloops, Kaslo, Kelowna, Nakusp, New Denver and Vernon will be the first sites to provide both the enhanced overdose surveillance and the Take Home Naloxone program.

Interior Health will roll both initiatives out to the 27 remaining emergency departments including Williams Lake within the next two months.

The emergency department at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops was the first in Canada to provide naloxone kits-an injectable drug that reverses an opoid overdose.

Medical Health Officer Dr. Silvina Mema says it’s unclear if it’s effective with an overdose involving W18.

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