Being able to recognize the signs of an overdose quickly and having a naloxone kit can save a life. Naloxone can buy time while paramedics are en route. Take-home naloxone kits do not replace the need for emergency care or minimize the importance of calling 911.
You can get a take-home naloxone kit for free from pharmacies and other agencies in the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph area. When you get your kit you will also receive training on overdose prevention, recognizing an overdose and how to respond. Below is a list of places where you can get access to a free naloxone kit.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
- Provides free kits and training for injection drug users, their family or friends, or those recently released from a correctional institution. No appointment is required.
- Visit one of our offices in Guelph, Fergus or Orangeville, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Fergus and Orangeville offices are closed from noon-1 p.m.)
- Community Health Van, in partnership with Sanguen Health Centre and ARCH, provides naloxone and other harm reduction services. Operates Wednesday and Thursday nights in the city of Guelph.
- Wednesday nights: call or text 226-971-3957 for times and locations.
- Thursday night locations are as follows, call or text 226-971-3957 for van schedule:
- Wyndham House Youth Shelter, 18 Norwich Street East, Guelph
- Royal City Church, 50 Quebec St, Guelph
- Central Train Station, 79 Carden St, Guelph
Participating* Ontario pharmacies offer free injectable and nasal spray naloxone kits. You don’t need a prescription to get a kit. The pharmacist will train you on how to recognize an opioid overdose and explain how to use the naloxone kit. *Not all pharmacies carry naloxone kits. Call ahead to check if your pharmacy has naloxone kits in stock. You can also ask the pharmacist any questions you might have.
To find a participating pharmacy:
- Call the Drug and Alcohol Helpline at 1-800-565-8603.
- Check this list of pharmacies that have naloxone. This list is managed by the Ministry of Health. Should a pharmacy be missing from the list, please contact the Ministry.
- Once you have located a pharmacy, it is recommended to call ahead to make sure that they currently have naloxone available.
- Naloxone kits are free of charge.
HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health (ARCH)
- 77 Westmount Rd., Unit 110, Guelph, call 519-763-2255 or toll free 1-800-282-4505. Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m (Closed for lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.), Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (*Note: ARCH has now moved to 77 Westmount Rd, Unit 110. Visit the ARCH website for more information.)
- Services provided in Guelph, Wellington, Dufferin, Grey and Bruce.
- Staff will provide naloxone training
Sanguen Health Centre
- Visit 176 Wyndham St., Guelph (basement of Guelph Community Health Centre), Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Provides overdose prevention training and naloxone kits to anyone who is concerned about opioid overdose in our communities. You do not need to use drugs to qualify. To sign up for training, contact Michelle Steingart with your name and contact information. To register, you can call the Sanguen office toll-free at 1-877-351-9857 or email Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Overdose Prevention Site/Guelph Community Health Centre (gchc)
- 176 Wyndham Street North, Guelph. Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Stay Sharp Site at gchc
- 176 Wyndham Street North, Guelph. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wellington-Guelph Drug Strategy
Visit Resources from Opioid Overdose Awareness and First Aid Training for opioid information and a list of pharmacies in Elora, Fergus, Guelph and Palmerston that carry naloxone.