Narcan now carried by nearly 400 organizations across Canada: Adapt Pharma
One year after its introduction in Canada to help combat the opioid crisis, tens of thousands of first responders and hundreds of government agencies and community organizations have come to rely on Narcan naloxone nasal spray to treat overdose victims in emergency situations, according to Adapt Pharma pharmaceutical company.
Narcan has been shipped to every province and territory, the company states, including:
• All front-line RCMP officers across Canada,
• More than 75 regional or municipal police services, including all 11 municipal police services in British Columbia and more than half of all forces in Ontario;
• More than 50 Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) locations;
• Police and fire services throughout Atlantic Canada;
• Municipal governments, hospitals, schools and recovery treatment centres nationwide.
Adapt Pharma Canada, makers of the antidote, marked the one-year anniversary of the introduction of Narcan (naloxone HCl) nasal spray 4 mg under a special federal Interim Order.1 earlier this week.
“As one of the largest homeless support organizations in Canada, we’ve seen the heartbreaking impact of opioid addiction and overdoses,” said Shayne Williams, executive director of the Lookout Emergency Aid Society, which provides housing and support to eleven communities in the B.C. Lower Mainland. “Narcan has been an important addition this year to the emergency tools available to our staff, who find themselves regularly rescuing vulnerable people.”
As the Interim Order ends, Adapt Pharma has developed Canadian packaging and labeling, as approved by Health Canada on October 3, 2016, and is now available for order in Canada. Any U.S. labeled Narcan nasal spray can continue to be used as needed until its expiration date.