As the holiday season approaches, the Peterborough Drug Strategy partners are reminding community members of the importance of overdose prevention and not using drugs alone.
It is not uncommon to see drug poisoning and other harms increase during the holidays. This time of year can be difficult for many people and can trigger sadness, stress, anxiety, and other difficult emotions. Although people use drugs for many different reasons, it can lead to more alcohol and other drug use in an attempt to cope with or manage these feelings.
The Peterborough Drug Strategy suggests that people who currently have mental health or addiction issues, or who are struggling to recover, connecting with a trusted friend or family member and contacting them regularly can be helpful. .
When using drugs, remember these prevention tips:
• Do not use drugs alone
• Use with a friend, but not at the same time
• If you are using alone, have a plan. Have someone register you or call the National Overdose Response Service at 1-888-688-6677
• Carry naloxone, keep it visible and nearby.
• Avoid mixing medications
• Test your medications, using a small amount first.
• Call 911 immediately if anyone begins to show signs of an overdose and / or cannot be resuscitated after receiving naloxone.
Community members are encouraged to know the signs of opioid poisoning and how to respond. Opioid poisoning can look like the following:
• The skin is cold and clammy
• The nails or lips are blue or purple
• The body is very soft
• Unable to wake the person
• Loud snoring or gurgling sounds
• Breathing is very slow, irregular or has stopped
• The pupils are very small
If you suspect an overdose, respond quickly by calling 911 immediately. Give naloxone if available and stay with the person until help arrives.
While a number of local community agencies will be closed between noon Friday and January 4, 2022, naloxone, harm reduction supplies and overdose intervention services are available from the following agencies:
Naloxone and emergency response to overdose
• Peterborough County and City Paramedics. All paramedics carry naloxone for distribution. When attending a drug-related 911 call, paramedics may provide naloxone kits to the patient whether or not the naloxone has already been administered.
Naloxone and other harm reduction supplies
• One Roof – 99 Brock Street. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and again from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Note: If there is an extreme cold event, guests may request risk reduction supplies during extended business hours 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, and again from 3:00 pm to 9:30 pm.
• FourCast – 200-130 Hunter Street West. Closed from 25 to 28 Dec. and Jan. 1 Open Dec. 24 and 31. 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Open every other day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• CMHA – 466, rue George North. Closed from December 25 to 28 and January 1. Open December 24 and 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Open every other day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• 360-degree nurse practitioner-led clinic – 360 George Street N. Closed Dec. 25-28. and Jan. 1 Open Dec. 24. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open from 29 to 30 Dec. 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Open Dec. 31 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
• Mobile Overdose Assistance Resource Team (MSORT) Open December 24 and 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information, call the MSORT mobile office at 705-760-0673.
• Elizabeth Fry Society – 150 King Street, 4th Floor. Closed from December 25 to January 3. Open December 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. supplies and naloxone.
• PARN. Closed from Dec. 24. at 12:00 p.m. to Jan. 4 at 9:30 a.m.
Substance abuse treatment services (alcohol and drug use)
• Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic (RAAM). Closed on December 27, reopening on January 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Response to the crisis
• Four County Crisis. If you are in crisis, call 705 745-6484 or toll free 1 866 995-9933. By calling these numbers, you can access free, confidential 24-hour crisis assistance.
• Peterborough Telecare Distress Center. Call 705-745-2273 for free, non-judgmental, confidential crisis assistance available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For more information on the data on opioid-related harms, please visit www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca and search for ‘opioids’ or Click here.
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