The Quebec government has announced that naloxone, the fast-acting drug used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, will soon be free and accessible in pharmacies across the province in an effort to prevent a full-blown fentanyl crisis.
“Making it available for free, that is the answer,” said Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette. “But the real answer to this growing situation is about prevention, and there will be a comprehensive strategy put on the table by the end of this year.”
The measure is part of a larger plan municipal and public health authorities are rolling out as the number of drug overdoses and deaths related to fentanyl, a powerful opioid and painkiller, has spiked in Montreal over the last year. 
Dr. Carole Morissette, the doctor in charge of the response to the fentanyl crisis with Montreal Public Health, recently called fentanyl’s growing presence in the city a “public health emergency.”
Barrette said the situation in Quebec right now isn’t as critical as the …