Naloxone and Fentanyl

What is naloxone?

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.

Why is it important?

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.

There are many places you can access naloxone throughout Manitoba. The Street Connections website has a tool that can help you find a location close to you:

If I am worried about a roommate, classmate or family member who uses drugs, how can I get my own 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.

Will the University, my family, or my professors be notified that I am a drug user?

The primary goal of naloxone programs are to keep everybody safe and healthy. No one will be notified that you have received a kit, and your information stays entirely confidential.

If I use drugs, can I get a free naloxone kit anywhere else?

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.

Can I bring someone with me to the appointment?

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.

If a person is overdosing on opioid drugs, can I save their life without using naloxone?

Yes, in most cases the person needs oxygen, so call 911 and start rescue breathing if the person is not breathing effectively.

I would like to learn more about fentanyl and preventing or responding to overdose:

On campus information:

Other information: