Node Funded Project (April 2018)
Title: Naloxone in Saskatoon Emergency Departments
Principal Investigator: Justin Koh, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Luke Terrett, Dr. Peter Butt, Dr. Colleen Dell
This project will implement and evaluate a pilot take-home naloxone (THN) program in the emergency department (ED) of St. Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon, SK. More research is needed to demonstrate the feasibility of implementing ED-THN, particularly within the geopolitical context of the Prairie provinces. Healthcare provider (HCP) challenges, behaviours and attitudes towards drug users need to be further explored. It is unclear what additional challenges may arise after ED-THN program implementation. This project has the support of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and will implement the first ED-THN program in the province.