This Version Posted: October 12, 2021
Reduce the risk of opioid overdoses to save lives. Learn more about local overdoses cases and what you can do to address the ‘opidemic’ (opioid epidemic) in your community.
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HKPR Opioid Overdose Report
The HKPR Opioid Overdose Report provides up-to-date information on opioid use in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County and Northumberland County. The new opioid report is updated weekly and provides:
- Suspected and confirmed overdoses, including statistics from local police services and paramedics.
- Historical data on opioid-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the region.
- A link to an online submission form in which you can report overdose incidents you may have witnessed and other drug-related information. You can submit information without giving your name.
Why This Matters
The HKPR Opioid Overdose Report and online form provide a clearer picture of the opioid situation in the area. Being fully informed about the ‘opidemic’ can help local residents, community agencies and first responders better and more quickly respond to overdoses and save lives.
For example, if an increase in overdoses is detected, an alert could be issued informing the community about a toxic supply of drugs. Enhanced outreach could be done with people who use drugs warning them about the problem. Distribution of naloxone kits could also be enhanced in communities where it’s needed.
What You Can Do to Prevent Overdoses
- Regularly visit the HKPR Opioid Overdose Report for the latest local data on opioid overdoses, emergency department visits and deaths.
- Report overdoses and drug related info on this site without giving your name.
- Help out if you see someone who is overdosing. Call 9-1-1 and give the person naloxone (an emergency medicine that temporarily reverses the effects of an opioid overdose until the victim can get to hospital for treatment). Free naloxone kits are available at local pharmacies, Health Unit offices, and other locations. NOTE: The Good Samaritan Act protects anyone trying to help in an emergency from possible legal penalties. The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act also protects people on the scene of an overdose from being charged for possessing or using drugs.
- Change the conversation about opioid use. Set aside personal concerns and opinions. Treat people who use drugs with compassion and understanding.
If You Use Drugs
Click here for more specifics on How to Reduce Harm When Using Drugs. You should also do the following:
- Test a small amount of any drug before using.
- Never use alone.
- If you are alone, contact the National Overdose Response Service (NORS) virtual safe consumption at 1-888-668-NORS (6677), or practice the buddy system and call a friend.
- Call 9-1-1 in the event of an overdose.
- Keep a naloxone kit on hand. You can get a naloxone kit at most pharmacies and needle exchange sites.
- Avoid mixing drugs.
- Local Support Agencies:
- Needle Exchange Program – Find a Site Near You – HKPR District Health Unit
- Where to Get Free Naloxone Kits – Government of Ontario
- Ontario Harm Reduction Network