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Canada: Health unit monitoring opioid ODs - Brockville Recorder

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Health unit monitoring opioid ODs

By Marshall Healey, Special to The Recorder and Times

Thursday, July 12, 2018 8:37:05 EDT PM

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The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is not ringing any alarm bells yet in regards to the opioid-related overdoses even though surrounding health units are.

The Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health Unit issued an alert on Tuesday stating that in the past two and a half weeks, seven people have been admitted to hospitals for opioid-related overdoses.

While the number of overdoses has been on the rise in the past years, Jennifer Adams of the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark health unit said things are not of urgency right now.

"We're staying what I would consider status quo," said Adams, who is the harm reduction coordinator with the health unit. "The situation is not good, but we're not drastically seeing big changes."

However, "over the five year period (we are) continuing to see that upwards trend increase in the number of people showing up in emerg for overdose and drug toxicity."

According to Public Health Ontario, opioids are natural or synthetic substances used to reduce pain in clinical settings.

However, they are also produced and consumed non-medically. Common opioids include oxycodone, hydromorphone and fentanyl.

While the overdoses are generally seen in bigger cities, Adams stresses it travels fast.

"We're not immune to what is going on," warns Adams. "Whatever is happening in Kingston and Ottawa we will see here at some point."

Adams said it generally takes a couple of weeks for the spike to travel to the Brockville and Smiths Falls area from Kingston or Ottawa.

According to Adams, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark area hospitals average between the low 30s and mid 40s for the number of people going to the emergency ward for overdoses each month.

The even bigger problem with that already large number, said Adams, is that research shows only 40 per cent of people who experience an overdose go to the emergency room.

Staff Sgt. Andrew Harvie of the Brockville Police Service said nobody should be afraid of getting in trouble when calling 911 in the case of an overdose, citing the Good Samaritan Act.

"An example would be if you and your friend were using an illegal substance and your friend overdoses, you call 911. Police show up and you have in your possession an illegal substance, you won't be charged for that possession," Harvie said.

The same would go for violation of parole or bail conditions, but he added that it is not a get-out-of-jail free card for other crimes.

Adams said the biggest thing people should know about the opioid-related overdoses is prevention and treatment.

"If you're going to use, use safely," said Adams. "The reality is people are going to use. So don't mix, carry naloxone and know the signs

of an overdose."

Naloxone is an anti-opioid drug that reverses an overdose, available free of charge at the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark health unit and select pharmacy stores.

The Brockville Police Service and Fire Department, along with various surrounding area volunteer departments, also carry the kits.

However, some volunteer fire departments like Elizabethtown-Kitley Township have chosen not to carry the kits.

Another prevention tactic is the use of safe injection sites or overdose prevention sites.

However, due the rural nature of the area, there are no sites currently set up in Leeds, Grenville or Lanark.

Adams added the sites to prevent overdose are normally within a tight population radius.

She said that if the problem increased dramatically, they would look into applying, but added it is unknown how the new provincial government will act, adding that one new site in Peterborough has already been put on hold.

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    hydromorphone concept - Hydromorphone is an opiate, narcotic analgesic, used primarily in the treatment of moderate to severe pain. It is one of two derivatives of morphine, the other being oxycodone. (4,5-epoxy-3-hydroxy-17-methylmorphinan-6-one)
    fentanyl concept - Fentanyl is a short-acting synthetic opiate analgesic which is active at very low doses. Its effects are compared to heroin and it has been sold on the street as heroin, causing some deaths. (N-(1-phenethyl-4-piperidyl)propionanilide)
    naloxone concept - naloxone hydrochloride is an opioid antagonist which prevents or reverses the effects of opioids
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