There have been some reports of opioids such as fentanyl in the area, which can be deadly.

Would you know what to do if you or someone you knew came in contact?

Some pharmacies in Northwestern Ontario carry free Naloxone kits, which reverse the effects of the drugs. The main reason for fatalities due to an opioid overdose is because a person’s breathing and heart rate decrease so much that the brain does not get enough oxygen.

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With enough time, a naloxone kit can save a life.

Naloxone can be either be injected or given as a nasal spray. 

You are eligible for a free kit if you are:

  • a current opioid user or a past user who is at risk of using again
  • a family member, friend or other person able to help someone at risk of an opioid overdose
  • a client of a needle syringe program or hepatitis C program
  • newly released from a correctional facility

Pharmacist, Kris Soderman joined Ken O'Neil on the Q Morning Show to give us more insight. 

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