The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit provides opioid overdose prevention kits containing naloxone. Naloxone is a medication given to temporarily reverse an opioid overdose. Some types of prescription and street opioids can include:
A Harm Reduction team member will train current and past opioid users or concerned family and friends of a person at risk of overdose in recognizing signs of an opioid overdose and how to use naloxone. It is not harmful if given for other types of overdose (or if the person hasn’t overdosed), and the only time it would not be given is if the person is allergic to the medication. A healthcard is not required.
The kits include:
- 2 4mg doses of naloxone (Narcan) nasal spray
- Opioid overdose information card
- Plastic gloves
- Certification card for naloxone training
If your naloxone kit is lost, expired, stolen or used, refills can be requested. The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides certain protections if you are present when emergency services are called.
Kits and training are available from the following locations:
- 12 Gilbertson Drive, Simcoe ON
- 282 Argyle St. S., Caledonia ON
- 117 Forest Street E., Dunnville
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