November 30, 2017
Naloxone Distribution Program expansion
Community partners receive Naloxone kits and training to help prevent opioid overdoses in the community
Oxford County Public Health is offering free training for eligible community organizations to begin distributing Naloxone kits to those who are at risk of an opioid overdose. Today marked the first training session, involving four agencies whose staff received training to be able to distribute Naloxone kits to community members.
Naloxone is a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid-related overdose. By distributing more Naloxone kits, and providing training on how to recognize an overdose, the hope is to prevent opioid-related deaths and enable people to administer Naloxone if an overdose occurs.
Community partners eligible to receive this training include:
- Community Health Centres
- Aboriginal Health Access Centres
- AIDS service organizations
- Withdrawal management programs
- Outreach programs
The Naloxone program expansion is part of a three-pronged approach to addressing opioid overdoses and deaths. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care committed to providing up to $150,000 in additional funding to support:
- Local opioid response initiatives
- Naloxone distribution and training
- Early warning and surveillance of opioid overdoses
More information on these initiatives will be announced in 2018.
Joanne Andrews, Health Protection Supervisor, Oxford County Public Health
“With reports in our region of illicit fentanyl being mixed into other street drugs, there is a greater risk for an overdose. Illicit fentanyl can’t be detected by sight, smell or taste, so it is very easy for someone to unknowingly take it, and it only takes a small amount to cause an overdose. That’s why expanding the distribution of Naloxone kits and training is an important step in preventing overdoses. We hope community agencies who work with clients that are using opioids will take the opportunity to receive this vital training, as it could potentially save a life or lives.”
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About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to becoming a zero waste community and achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
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