If you suspect an overdose, CALL 911 immediately.
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:
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:
Naloxone is an emergency medication that reverses the effects of an overdose from opioids such as fentanyl, heroin, methadone and 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. If you are a person who uses opioids, or are a family member or loved one of someone at risk for an overdose, you can get a kit at a pick-up location.
We can provide training and Naloxone to eligible organizations that work with people who use opioids.
Harm reduction materials are available through Positive Living Niagara at their office, satellite sites or mobile van.
Local options for addiction treatment in Niagara include:
For those who have lost loved ones due to substances: