Naloxone is a drug that temporarily reverses effects of an opioid poisoning or overdose. There are over 2,000 sites including participating pharmacies in Alberta, where anyone can pick up a kit free of charge. Training is available wherever kits are provided. Kits can be obtained anonymously. Naloxone is not a substitute for emergency medical support. Always call 911 call when administering Naloxone.
Digital Overdose Response System (DORS)
The Digital Overdose Response System (DORS)* app allows Albertans using opioids or other substances to summon emergency response to their location if they become unconscious. *DORS is currently available in the greater Edmonton and Calgary area (see website for the full coverage areas), with plans to expand to the rest of Alberta.
Supervised Consumption Services
Supervised consumption services provide a place where people can use drugs in a monitored, hygienic environment to reduce harm from substance use while offering additional services such as counselling, social work, and opioid-dependency treatment.
Alberta’s Virtual Opioid Dependency Program (VODP)
VOPD provides opioid dependency care all across Alberta using technology. Technology Delivered Same Day Medication Starts, Opioid Treatment Transition Service, and Ongoing Opioid Dependency Care, available seven days per week.
Opioid Dependency Program
Opioid agonist therapy (OAT) involves taking medications like oral buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone©), methadone or injectable extended-release buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder. These medications reduce cravings for opioids and help to manage withdrawal symptoms. Injectable extended-release buprenorphine (Sublocade©) lasts in the person’s system for 30 days rather than taking daily medication.
Opioid Agonist Therapy Gap Coverage Program
Albertans without health benefit plans can get immediate, no-cost access to opioid agonist medications for up to 120 days.