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Preventing an overdose

Overdoses happen in Oxford County. It is reported that between 2004 and 2009, that there were 23 deaths from accidental poisoning and exposure to drugs and last year Emergency Medical Services received 68 calls for suspected drug overdoses.

Look for the signs of an overdose

  • Shallow or slow breathing
  • Fingernails or lips turn blue
  • Limp body
  • Seizures
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Deep snorting or gurgling 
  • Vomiting
  • Unresponsive

What do do

  1. Shake and shout
  2. Call 911 if unresponsive
  3. Give Naloxone
  4. Start CPR (press hard & fast on the centre of their chest)
  5. Give second dose of Naloxone if no response
  6. Put the person in recovery position if breathing but unresponsive

What NOT to do

DO NOT put the person in a cold shower.
DO NOT induce vomiting
NEVER inject them with anything (water, milk, cocaine)
DO NOT slap them, kick them or burn the bottom of their feet.
NEVER let them sleep it off

Recovery position


Naloxone can save a life

Naloxone is a medication that temporarily reverses an opioid overdose. Naloxone only lasts for about 30-60 minutes but a lot of drugs last longer - this means the overdose symptoms can come back.

Naloxone can save a life when you are waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

Find a free Naloxone kit near you.

Take home Naloxone kits are available for free at the following locations in Oxford County:


Oxford County Public Health
410 Buller St., Woodstock, ON
Drop-in any time Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (closed between 12:00-1:00)

Access Care Pharmacy
35 Metcalfe St., Woodstock, ON
Call first to book an appointment

All About Health Remedy's Rx
360 Norwich Ave., Woodstock, ON
Call first to book an appointment

Clinic 461
461 Dundas St., Woodstock, ON
Drop-in or book an appointment

Shoppers Drug Mart
959 Dundas St. E., Woodstock, ON
Drop-in or book an appointment


Ingersoll Pharmasave
19 King St. E., Water Street Level, Ingersoll, ON
Call first to book an appointment

Ingersoll Medical Pharmacy
17 Thames St. South, Ingersoll, ON
Drop-in or book an appointment


Shoppers Drug Mart
200 Broadway St., Unit A1, Tillsonburg, ON
Drop-in or book an appointment