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Nurses have a significant role in saving lives and preventing overdoses

Nurses can dispense naloxone (Narcan) without an order

Posted Sept. 1, 2015

In light of recent Fentanyl overdoses across the province, CRNBC is issuing a reminder that it is within the scope of practice for registered nurses to dispense naloxone (Narcan) without an order to treat suspected drug/opiate overdose.

Registered nurses who dispense naloxone must possess the competencies established by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and follow decision support tools established by BCCDC. For more information see page 26 of the Scope of Practice for Registered Nurses.

This change to RN scope was approved by the CRNBC Board in April 2015. If you have questions about how this changes is being implemented in your workplace, please seek information from your employer.

For more information on the use of naloxone for overdose prevention visit Toward the Heart, part of the Provincial Harm Reduction strategy.

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