Things are going to get a lot safer for people in our area who are addicted to opioids.
In conjunction with International Overdose Awareness day, Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health has announced that as of this fall, it will be providing Naloxone overdose prevention kits to users who volunteer, in an attempt to bring down the number of opioid-related deaths in Ontario.
Spokesperson Emily Tubbs tells Quinte News, they’re not encouraging drug use, but want to make sure people who are addicted can use as safely as possible, as part of their “harm reduction framework”.
She adds, they hope the program will even have a broader impact on users than just helping them if they overdose.
Tubbs says for now, staff are undergoing training on the kits, as the program continues to be rolled out and they’ll be available for pick up by October 1st.