Naloxone easier to obtain after provincial bylaw change

Naloxone is no longer a scheduled substance in the province of Saskatchewan, a move which makes it easier for people to access the potentially lifesaving substance.

Anti-overdose drug no longer a Schedule II substance in Sask.

Naloxone had been previously a scheduled substance. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC)

Naloxone, used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, will be easier for Saskatchewan people to access after a new provincial bylaw change.

Previously in Saskatchewan, naloxone was a Schedule II drug, meaning it was only available from a pharmacist. It had to be kept behind the counter and pharmacists had to train people on how to administer it.

By unscheduling the drug, the province has made it easier for individuals and community-based organizations to get it, according to a news release.

Saskatchewan is the third province to unschedule naloxone, behind Alberta and British Columbia. Naloxone was previously a Schedule II drug, which meant it was only available from a pharmacist.

The Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals changed a bylaw to make the substance more accessible. 

Even after naloxone is administered, further medical treatment is needed. People are asked to call 911 if they suspect someone is overdosing.