Naloxone is a medication that reverses overdose caused by opioids and can save a person’s life. It does not work on overdose caused by other drugs. The purpose of a take-home naloxone program is to get naloxone into the hands of people who are most likely to be there during an opioid overdose as minutes and seconds count to save a life.
There have been a significant number of overdoses and deaths related to legal and illicit fentanyl use across Winnipeg, Manitoba and Canada.
Even if a person does not choose to specifically use the drug fentanyl, fentanyl is being cut in or laced into other drugs such as cocaine, oxycodone, heroin and other club drugs such as MDMA without the user knowing. This is especially dangerous for first time or occasional users.
Any University of Manitoba student can receive a naloxone kit for free if they:
To receive a kit, students can make a CONFIDENTIAL appointment with the Health & Wellness Educator and Nurse, Katie Kutryk, during business hours, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. Appointments can be booked directly with Katie by calling 204-295-9032 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
At the appointment, Katie will take a brief health history, train the person to recognize and respond to overdose, and provide the person with a take-home naloxone kit. The whole visit should take less than 1 hour.
Yes. In fact, it is best if the person comes in with another person who is close to them (partner, roommate, family member) who is likely to be present if they overdose. These other people will also be offered training on how to respond to opioid overdose but will not be given a kit.
Naloxone kits are available for purchase by anyone, without a prescription, at several locations around Winnipeg and Manitoba. To read more about how to access a naloxone kit in the community click here (PDF).
Note: Individuals who have health coverage under First Nations Inuit Health are eligible for free naloxone kits from locations that are selling them. Consult the pharmacy for more information.
Our primary goal is to help keep everybody safe and healthy. All contacts with the naloxone program on campus are confidential, nonjudgmental, and respectful. Nobody will know why you are meeting with Katie, as she works with students for a wide range of health related purposes.
If you are not comfortable accessing your kit through the University of Manitoba, there is an interactive map on the Street Connections website that shows places where take-home-naloxone kits can be accessed for free by people who meet the necessary criteria.
Yes, in most cases the person needs oxygen, so call 911 and start rescue breathing if the person is not breathing effectively.
On campus information: