(Owen Sound, July. 23, 2020) – In light of six reported opioid overdoses in Grey and Bruce Counties in recent days, the Grey Bruce Health Unit has released a public alert with information on fentanyl, harm reduction strategies and addictions supports available locally.
If you or a loved one are at risk of an opioid overdose, the health unit has created this Fentanyl-Fact-Sheet (002) with information on how to safely respond to an overdose. The health unit has also developed Tips for Talking with People Who Use Drugs (002), which includes signs of an overdose, appropriate language and harm reduction strategies.
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Grey Bruce wants to remind the public that free naloxone kits are available at pharmacies and the Grey Bruce Health Unit. Naloxone is a medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose and can save someone experiencing a cardiac episode.
CMHA Ontario has a free toolkit to help people and organizations become familiar with naloxone delivery. Reducing Harms: Recognizing and Responding to Opioid Overdoses in Your Organization helps organizations and the average person identify the signs of an opioid overdose and how to deliver naloxone.
For more information on support through CMHA Grey Bruce, call 519-371-4120. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the Mental Health Crisis Line of Grey Bruce at 1-877-470-5200.