Naloxone saves lives. It is safe, free and easy to use. Yet stigma remains a barrier to getting naloxone into the hands of Nova Scotians. That’s why Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) has developed a series of videos aimed at raising awareness about and promoting access to naloxone, with funding and support from the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore’s Women’s Giving Circle.
When I first came across the term “patients with complex needs” as a medical student, I didn’t fully understand what this meant. I wondered, doesn’t every patient have “complexities” in their life experiences, resources and needs? On a philosophical level, perhaps the answer is “yes.” However, the Agency for Healthcare and Quality defines patients with complex needs as “persons with two or more chronic conditions where each condition may influence the care of the other condition.”