Ontario Today discusses anti-overdose drug for addicts
Some medical professionals say Naloxone should be more readily available for addicts
Ontario Today hosted a discussion about the controversial push to make Naloxone — a treatment for overdosing — more readily available for drug addicts.
CBC Ottawa then hosted a live web chat on the subjects.
Ontario Today host Rita Celli's guest was Dr. Meldon Kahan, who works as an associate professor for the University of Toronto's family medicine department. He is also the Medical Director of the Substance Use Service at Women's College Hospital in Toronto and part of a working group calling on the Ministry of Health to create greater access to Naloxone.
In a 2013 report on Naloxone Kahan co-wrote for the Ontario Public Drug Program, an ad-hoc working group found that the drug is an "inexpensive and cost-effective strategy for reducing opioid overdose deaths in high-risk patients."
After the on-air chat, Kahan took part in the web chat, which can be reviewed below.