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Organisation: University of Alberta
Name: gillian harvey
E-Mail: gharvey@ualberta.ca
Category: Healthcare

Name of Project: Design of Overdose Kits for the Province of Alberta

Description of Project: Our research team has been meeting over the last year to redesign the provincial education pamphlets about the drug Naloxone, an antidote to opioid overdoses. This project, now completed, involved usability testing in in Edmonton and Calgary and has proven the need to formalize an interdisciplinary team and a larger network in order to continue this work. Redesigned and tested instructions are now included in every overdose kit that are free to every Albertan. There are over 2,000 sites in Alberta, where anyone can pick up a kit free of charge. A ‘Skyrocketing number of reversals’ has been reported indicating that overdose kits are working: According to the Opioid Response Surveillance Report, from Jan. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2019, 195,460 naloxone kits were dispensed in the province through Alberta Health Services’ naloxone program, and 12,830 overdose reversals were reported.

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