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Naloxone Distribution

Prevent an overdose. Save a life. 

Overdoses are happening in communities everywhere. Naloxone can save a life. The University of the Fraser Valley is providing free take-home naloxone (thn) kits to students, faculty, and staff. 


Take online training

Take the 15 minute online training course on your phone or desktop. 

Take the training


Pick up your kit

Pick up your kit with proof of completion (bring your printed certificate or mobile device for confirmation).

Winter 2023 Dates + Times

Abbotsford | Outside of Student Life (Building S)


23rd 10 am - 2 pm


17th 10 am - 2 pm

Abbotsford | Peer Resource + Leadership Centre (S3127)

Wellness Peers are available Monday to Thursday between 9 am and 7 pm for kit distribution.


CEP | Near Library (Building A)


23rd 10 am - 2 pm

25th 10 am - 2 pm

27th 11 am - 3 pm

30th 10 am - 2 pm


2nd 12 pm- 4 pm


6th 10 am - 2 pm


TTC | Main Foyer


23rd 10 am - 2 pm

25th 12 pm - 4 pm

27th 11 am - 3 pm

30th 10 am - 2 pm


1st 10 am - 2 pm

6th 12 pm - 4 pm

13th 10 am - 2 pm


6th 12 pm - 4 pm

8th 10 am - 2 pm

15th 10 am - 2 pm

20th 10 am - 2 pm

If you suspect an overdose on campus, call 9-1-1. Campus Security can help while you wait for the ambulance.

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Frequently Asked Questions

On April 14, 2016, a public health emergency was declared in BC due to a dramatic increase in opioid overdose deaths. 931 deaths occurred in BC in 2016 due to opioid overdose, and more than 1100 deaths have occurred so far in 2017. The rise in overdose deaths is attributed mainly to fentanyl.

Opioids are substances that are used as analgesics (pain killers). Opioids such as heroin and morphine are derived from the opium plant. Other opioids like methadone and fentanyl are synthetic man made analgesics. Fentanyl is an extremely powerful synthetic opioid, 50 - 100 times stronger than morphine.

The main concern with opioids is that they slow breathing. If too much of an opioid is taken, there is a risk that the individuals breathing will stop, resulting in brain damage or death.

Naloxone (narcan) is an opioid antagonist. It is an easy-to-use, safe and effective, lifesaving medication that can reverse the effects of overdose from heroin, fentanyl, or other opioid.

Naloxone, attaches to opioid receptors in the brain, the same receptors that receive heroin and other opioids, and it blocks the opioids for 30-60 minutes to reverse the respiratory depression that would otherwise lead to death from overdose.

Yes. Naloxone only reverses the effects of opioids such as heroin, methadone, morphine, opium, codeine, hydromorphone and fentanyl. It does not counter the effects of other types of drugs, such as benzodiazepines (drugs including diazepam, midazolam, or ativan), alcohol, or stimulants such as cocaine and amphetamines.

Serious side effects of naloxone are very rare. The most common side effect is opioid withdrawal, since naloxone ejects the opioids from their receptors in the brain. Common opioid withdrawal symptoms are body aches, irritability, sweating, runny nose, and GI upset. Naloxone works only on opioid receptors, if you administer naloxone to an individual who has not overdosed, there will be no effects.

No. the only effect of naloxone is to reverse the effect of opioids. It cannot make you high. If you are not using opioids, an injection of naloxone would feel the same as an injection of water.

No. It is not possible to overdose on naloxone. If a large dose is given to a person with opioids in their system, they may experience symptoms of withdrawal.

Store your take home naloxone (THN) kit in a dark and dry place between 25°C/80°F and 5°C/40°F if possible. Do not keep it in your vehicle as temperature fluctuations can compromise the medication. Keep it in a purse or backpack that you carry with you and is easily accessible for use.

No. Everyone should carry one as it can help you save a life. The Good Samaritan Act protects anyone who calls 9-1-1- and intervenes in an overdose with a THN kit. Police do not generally attend overdose calls, but if they do, the Good Samaritan Act protects you if you have illicit substances in your possession at the time of an overdose. Call 9-1-1 for all suspected overdoses.

Reality is that drugs are available, and people use drugs. Those at most risk of opioid overdose are those between ages 20-49, and who use alone in a private residence. Opioids, including fentanyl, are available in the Fraser Valley, and have been detected in other substances like cocaine and amphetamines. There is potential for an opioid overdose, even in those who do not knowingly use opioids.

THN kits are provided to UFV faculty, students and staff, free of charge, through the BC centre for Disease Control. For more information please see: and

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