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TIMMINS POLICE JOIN THE PORCUPINE HEALTH UNIT IN ISSUING OPIOID USAGE WARNINGS

The Timmins Police joins its community partner, the Porcupine Health Unit with its messaging regarding Opioid usage:

It is crucial that members of the community who indulge in  the use of opioids fully understand the following:

  • Everyone using is at risk of an overdose
  • People who are using should:
  • Use small doses
  • Avoid using drugs alone
  • Avoid mixing drugs
  • Have naloxone available

–          People who use substances and their family and friends should be familiar with the signs and symptoms of overdose and how to provide first aid, including administering naloxone.

–          If you suspect an overdose, call 911 immediately, administer naloxone if available, and wait for help to arrive. The Good Samaritan Act provides protection from arrest and breaches for simple possession.

–          Naloxone is a drug that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Naloxone wears off within 30 to 90 minutes, so it is important to seek further medical attention.

–          Free Naloxone kits are readily available throughout the area at Porcupine Health Unit offices and at many pharmacies. A list of available sites is available at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-naloxone-kits-free