It proposes a comprehensive approach to overdose prevention and response that includes five key components:
- Make the safe and effective medication to reverse opioid overdose (naloxone) more readily available and cost effective by including it in provincial drug plans and making it available over-the-counter.
- Scale up community-based and other overdose programs that include education and training on how to prevent and respond to overdose. Include peers, family, and first responders in these programs.
- Reduce the barriers to calling 911 during a drug overdose event by implementing national 911 Good Samaritan legislation.
- Implement appropriate guidelines for opioid prescription that do not limit access to needed pain medication or result in further discrimination against people who use drugs.
- Increase the timely collection, analysis, and dissemination of data on drug overdose events.