With the unprecedented rise in overdose deaths prompting a public health emergency, students at UBC now have access to free Naloxone kits in the event of an overdose.
But so far the director of UBC Student Health Services, Patricia Mirwaldt, tells CKNW there hasn’t been a lot of students picking up the kit — even though it’s been available since Spring.
“Anyone who believes that they would be at risk for overdose of opioids can come in and ask for the kit and it’s given to them free of charge.”
Mirwaldt says it it may be because few students know the kit is available.
“That’s certainly a possibility, another possibility is that they’re picking it up elsewhere, there’s very many places across Vancouver where you could pick it up.”
“The third possibility is that since we started in the Spring, we haven’t actually seen that many people come through who are requesting the kit yet, so it could pick up as the months go on.”
So far this year over 400 people have died of an overdose in B.C., most of those cases involving Fentanyl.