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Can I distribute naloxone?

The clinic where I work has started stocking naloxone for distribution to clients who are at risk for opioid overdose. As a nurse, am I authorized to distribute naloxone to clients?

Nurses are permitted to distribute naloxone when it is indicated for emergency use for opioid overdose outside hospital settings. Naloxone no longer requires a prescription under such circumstances.

You should ensure that your practice setting supports nurses performing this activity and review any relevant legislation that is specific to your practice setting. You should also ensure that you adhere to the Medication practice standard and educate the client about their medication.

The College does not require nurses to complete any specific training or education to distribute naloxone. However, as with any other activity, you must ensure that you have the knowledge, skill and judgment required to distribute naloxone safely.

Page last reviewed August 10, 2017