Drug Overdose Prevention

Niagara Statistics

With Canada's recent increase in opioid related morbidity and mortality, Niagara has produced some local statistics. Find out more about opioid overdose and naloxone use in Niagara.

People can overdose on prescription drugs, over the counter drugs and recreational drugs. Symptoms of an overdose may include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Problems with vision
  • Seizures

If you suspect an overdose, CALL 911 immediately.

Opioids

Opioids are usually prescription pain killers with names like codeine, morphine, OxyContin and Percocet. Another street version of an opioid is heroin.

Fentanyl is a manmade opiate narcotic used mostly for cancer patients in severe pain. Fentanyl is roughly 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine.

In Canada, many deaths have been caused by other street drugs being cut with fentanyl. Fentanyl is very dangerous because you can't see it, smell it or taste it. If your drug of choice has been cut with Fentanyl, it can quickly kill you.

An opioid overdose may look and feel like:

  • Severe sleepiness
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Trouble breathing
  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Cold, clammy, bluish skin
  • Trouble walking or talking
  • Non-responsiveness to shouting or shaking

Naloxone Kits

Naloxone is an emergency medication that reverses the effects of an overdose from opioids such as fentanyl, heroin, methadone, morphine. Naloxone is not an antidote to an overdose, but it can keep a person alive until emergency services arrive.

Naloxone kits are free in Ontario and available to:

  • Anyone who uses opioids
  • Family member, friend or any person who can help a person at risk for opioid abuse

Get a naloxone kit

Treatment

Local options for addiction treatment in Niagara include:


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