If you or someone you care about is using opioids in any form, it is important to have a naloxone kit in your home to prevent death or injury associated with overdose.
Opioids are a family of drugs prescribed by a doctor to treat pain. To learn more about opioids visit wechu.org.
Naloxone or Narcan® is a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid Opioids are a family of drugs prescribed by a doctor to treat pain. Naloxone is available without a prescription and at no cost from a number of pharmacies across the province
Visit Ontario.ca/OpioidOverdose for a list of participating pharmacies.
In addition, a number of local organizations are now providing naloxone kits to clients onsite and at no cost.
If you think someone is overdosing call 9-1-1 and stay with the person.
If you have naloxone, give it right away. Follow the directions on the kit. Canada’s new Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides some legal protection for people who get emergency help during an overdose.
An overdose is always an emergency. After naloxone is administered, a thorough health assessment should be conducted by a trained health provider to be sure there are no other potential causes of the overdose. It is also important to understand that naloxone only temporarily reverses the opioid overdose and symptoms may return. For these reasons 911 should always be called.
5 Steps to Respond to an Overdose
SHOUT their name & SHAKE their shoulders
CALL 911 if unresponsive
GIVE NALOXONE: 1 spray into nostril or inject 1 vial or ampoule into arm or leg.
PERFORM RESCUE BREATHING AND/OR CHEST COMPRESSIONS.
IS IT WORKING? If no improvement after 2-3 minutes, repeat steps 3 & 4. Stay with them.
ONE OPIOID OVERDOSE
IS TOO MANY
YOU CAN SAVE A LIFE
Drug overdoses can happen with others around.
IF YOU EXPERIENCE OR WITNESS AN OVERDOSE,
THE GOOD SAMARITAN DRUG OVERDOSE ACT
Essex County police agencies want to reduce the fear of police attending overdose events and to promote PROTECTION OF LIFE.
The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose act provides some legal protection for people who experience or witness an overdose and call 9-1-1 for help.
Developed by WECOSS- Enforcement and Justice working group
The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides some legal protection for people who experience or witness an overdose and seek help by calling 911 in an overdose situation.