People at-risk of an overdose as a result of opioids such as fentanyl, can now get a free, take home naloxone kit within the Prairie Mountain Health Region.
The kits are available at the 7th Street Health Access Centre and Public Health Sexual Health Program in Brandon, the Camperville Primary Health Centre, and Public health facilities in Dauphin, Roblin and Swan River.
PMH Director of Health Care, Pam Whitfield feels these kits will not only save lives, but increase awareness about opioids and it’s deadly effects.
“A key message is if you suspect someone is overdosing, call 9-1-1. That should be your first action” she said.
The most prominent symptom of an overdose is sudden, slow breathing. Naloxone, especially if administered within minutes, can reverse these symptoms.
Public Health and Community Nurses involved will be the initial providers of the naloxone kits for at-risk individuals, and will also determine the risk of opioid overdose via a private conversation with that person.