Fentanyl and Naloxone Information
Across Canada drug-related overdoses and deaths have become a serious concern. Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley and his team are working to raise awareness and provide education on the danger of fentanyl and other high-potency opioid drugs.
2016 - “Fentanyl can be deadly” campaign
Launched during November, 2016 National Addictions Awareness Week
Overdoses are a risk for both prescription and recreational drug users. Drugs that are not prescribed to you can be deadly. The objectives of the “Fentanyl can be deadly” awareness campaign are to promote knowyoursource.ca and prevent fentanyl-related overdoses.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate narcotic, a prescription drug used primarily by cancer patients in severe pain. It is roughly 50 to 100 times more toxic than morphine.
Fentanyl overdose signs
We urge you to learn the fentanyl overdose signs:
- Severe sleepiness
- Slow heartbeat
- Trouble breathing (slow, shallow and snoring)
- Cold and clammy skin
- Trouble walking or talking
If any of these signs are observed in someone who is known to, or suspected of, taking fentanyl or any other opioid medication (OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, codeine, heroin, morphine), call 9-1-1 immediately.
Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and the immediate use of an antidote like naloxone can reverse the effects of fentanyl, but higher doses than usual may be needed and repeated doses are often required. Call 9-1-1 in all suspected overdoses.
Free take-home naloxone kits are now available across Yukon
Naloxone is a safe drug used to temporarily reverse overdoses caused by opioid drugs. It can buy time and save lives before the paramedics arrive. It is not a substitute for immediate medical attention as it is a temporary treatment that quickly wears off: always call 911 if you have used a naloxone kit.
- A ten-minute training session to learn how to use the kit and identify the signs of overdoses is offered when you pick-up your free kit.
You can ask for your free take-home naloxone kit at the following sites:
- Kwanlin Dün First Nation Health Centre
- Blood Ties
- Taiga Medical Clinic
- Community Health Centres (Carcross, Teslin, Carmacks, Pelly Crossing, Destruction Bay, Haines Junction, Dawson City, Beaver Creek, Faro, Ross River, Old Crow and Mayo)
- Kluane First Nation in Burwash Landing
- Medicine Chest pharmacies
- Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies
- Alcohol and Drug Services
Look for this sign
Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost and Dr. Brendan Hanley, Chief Medical Officer of Health provided information on the Take Home Naloxone Kits program on January 21, 2017. See the Live Stream video below.
There is help to stop using fentanyl or other drugs
For those who may need assistance in stopping their use of fentanyl or other drugs, there is help
Addiction - Resources for general public
From Whitehorse (8:00 am – 4:30 pm) 667-5777
From communities, no charge (8:00 am – 4:30 pm) 1-855-667-5777
For after-hours support:
From Whitehorse (4:30 pm – 8:00 am) 667-8473
From communities, no charge (4:30 pm – 8:00 am) 1-855-667-5777
Toll Free (Yukon, Nunavut and NWT); 1-855-667-5777
Addiction - Resources for general public (H-7)
Health & Social Services, Government of Yukon
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
Location: Sarah Steele Building |609 Steele Street | Whitehorse, Yukon [map]