Due to the ongoing efforts by the provincial government to combat the opioid crisis and increase access to Take-Home Naloxone (THN) kits, Alberta’s Licensed Practical Nurses may now distribute THN kits in Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Centres without an order from an authorized prescriber if the use of the THN kit is for the emergency treatment of opioid overdose outside of a hospital setting and the LPN has appropriate training and employer support.
The CLPNA updated their Fact Sheet: Naloxone and the Role of the Licensed Practical Nurse in Alberta accordingly.
Naloxone can be used to temporarily reverse opioid overdoses and the government has worked to unschedule the drug in community settings across Alberta in order to make it readily available. As an unscheduled drug in these settings, LPNs can distribute Take Home Naloxone Kits free of charge and without a prescription directly to clients in certain community agencies registered with Alberta Health Services.
On June 13, 2017, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) published the original Fact Sheet: Naloxone and the Role of the Licensed Practical Nurse in Alberta to provide members with information on protecting the public by providing education and interventions to prevent and counteract opioid overdoses.
Regardless of the care setting, hospital or registered community agencies, all nursing interventions related to client care should be documented following CLPNA standards and agency policy. Alberta Health Services offers online Naloxone training which is available to both AHS employees and non-AHS employees
Questions? Contact CLPNA’s Practice Consultants at firstname.lastname@example.org, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).