Alberta Health Services is warning anyone with a naloxone kit to double check that it is properly stocked with supplies. "AHS is working closely with this distributor and a supplier of the kits to ascertain the cause and extent of the issue", an AHS release stated.
AHS has received reports that some of the kits may have been distributed to clinics without the vials of the drug.
AHS contracts a third-party distributor to receive, store and distribute the kits.
Naloxone kits should have two or three 0.4 mg/mL vials of naloxone, two or three syringes/needles, alcohol swabs, gloves, a breathing mask and a brochure, AHS said.
If the kit has fewer than two vials, the kit should be returned to a distribution site.
Naloxone temporarily reverses the effects of overdose of opioids such as fentanyl and should be followed up with emergency care.
Anyone with questions can call Health Link at 8-1-1. Kits are available for free at most local pharmacies. Albertans can get a naloxone kit, free of charge, to carry when using drugs.