Newspaper article The Canadian Press

UBC Students in Vancouver Gain New Source for Potentially Life-Saving Drug Kits

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

UBC Students in Vancouver Gain New Source for Potentially Life-Saving Drug Kits

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UBC hospital latest to obtain take-home drug kits

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VANCOUVER - The Urgent Care Centre at the University of British Columbia Hospital on the Point Grey campus is the latest to be equipped with take-home naloxone kits.

The kits are offered to patients at risk of an overdose because naloxone can quickly reverse the effects of a potentially deadly opioid overdose.

The Vancouver Coastal Health authority says UBC joins other hospitals and health-care facilities already offering the kits within the region.

The health authority plans to have take-home naloxone kits available in all 14 of its urgent-care centres and emergency departments in the next few months, and kits can also be obtained at health or harm-reduction centres.

UBC students can also pick up a free naloxone kit on campus from Student-Health Services if they think they are at risk of an overdose. …

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