Fentanyl and the importantance of naloxone availability

Sunday, December 17, 2017

NZNEP has been monitoring the availability of fentanyl in New Zealand. Fentanyl is a very powerful opioid 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine and originally used for chronic pain management. Overseas fentanyl has been a major factor in overdose deaths in North America and Europe, here in New Zealand its availability is currently limited.

The potential challenge of fentanyl has further fuelled ongoing work between the NZNEP and other health professionals including the NZ Drug Foundation to make naloxone available in New Zealand. Watch Now