Ontario Ministry Of Labour News
What is Naloxone?
Workplaces in Ontario that have a high risk of opioid overdoses will be required to have naloxone kits under the new provincial legislation.
Naloxone is a medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and allow time for medical help to arrive. Businesses in high-risk settings will have to have naloxone kits on hand and this will help awareness of the risks of accidental overdoses, and potentially save hundreds of lives a year, the government said.
Approximately 2,500 people died from opioid-related causes between March 2020 and January 2021 – of the victims who were employed, 30 percent were construction workers, by far the most of any industry impacted. Bars and nightclubs are also seeing increased opioid usage, which often involves recreational drugs laced with deadly opioids such as fentanyl and carfentanil.
You can read more about this on the Ontario.ca website. We also have a guide to help you as well. Ontario Mandating Naloxone Kits Guide
We also have a downloadable PDF outlining Bill 88 Highlights (this new legislation).