Naloxone should be in every first aid kit, says crusading McGill student

The McGill University social work student who is offering Naloxone injection training sessions says the shots, which can save a life by reversing an opioid overdose, should be part of every first aid kit everywhere.  

Richard Davy says opioid overdoses aren't just a problem on the street - with so many folks taking opioids in the home for pain relief, overdose can happen with a simple dosing error. 

"As part of our standard repertoire of first aid, we have the old usual bandages and things like that, and many have Epi-pens now.  There's a huge awareness around the need for Epi-pens.  Larger organizations may have defibrillators.  We should have this too," he says of the Naloxone kits.

Davy is reminding Montrealers that Naloxone kits are free and are available to everyone at pharmacies, although he is hearing anecdotal reports that some pharmacies are needlessly asking nosy questions when a kit is request, and some aren't aware the government covers the cost of them.

"One person, when I went into a pharmacy, charged me initially for a kit," he relates. 

 Davy planned two injection training sessions at McGill, the second to be held next Friday.  He has already been booked at Concordia later this month, and is offering to speak to community groups and corporations.  

"I can see this become a sort of a little crusade for me," he says. 

Davy says groups wishing to arrange a training session can email him at richard.davy@mail.mcgill.ca