Naloxone Rapide represents a reliable choice for preventing deaths from opioid overdose. The kit does not rely on any special mechanical devices that have the potential to fail. Since the naloxone in a Naloxone Rapide is administered by intramuscular injection, the drug is delivered into the victim's tissues, leading to reliable absorption. A naloxone spray, on the other hand, provides spray droplets into the nasal passage. Since an overdose victim is unconscious or only partially conscious, the victim cannot sniff the drug to distribute it within the nasal passage for good absorption. This is not to say that the drug will not always work, but nasal sprays generally require the user to participate by sniffing the droplets to distribute them within the nasal passage evenly, and also to stop the spray from simply running out of the nose.
Red Cross and St. John's Standard First Aid primary principles are A-B-C: AIRWAY, BREATHING, CIRCULATION. Once an airway is established, it is not prudent to put the airway at risk by administering a substance into it. Such administration can lead to vomiting, aspiration, or a blockage of the airway if other factors are present in the airway. A naloxone spray will not necessarily cause an airway obstruction or vomiting, but it does introduce the potential for an airway problem.
With clear instructions, Naloxone Rapide is safe, effective, and reliable. It does not rely on a device for administration. Rather, it relies on you, the user, to provide the dose, and we place our confidence in YOU, not a device, to save lives.
The Naloxone Rapide tube also serves as a device for minimizing biohazard after the administration of naloxone, where the syringe and needle can be safely placed inside the tube, be capped, and taken to a local pharmacy for disposal.
Naloxone kits can be provided to any Ontario resident over the age of sixteen for free if they feel they have a need for the kit, and are willing to participate in a short, relaxed training session.