Under BC law, anyone (including a non-health care professional) can administer naloxone to someone appearing to be suffering from an opioid overdose in any setting.
There are no limits or conditions on providing unscheduled naloxone: CRPNBC’s Scope of Practice for RPNs: Standards, Limits and Conditions – section 5.1.11(2).
Further direction related to medication can be found in the following standards:
- Scope of Practice Standards: Autonomous Scope of Practice and Client-specific Orders
- Dispensing Medication Practice Standard
- Medication Administration Practice Standard
If you have any questions, contact a CRPNBC Practice Consultant by email at [email protected] or by phone at 604.931.5200 or 1.800.565.2505.