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Statement on naloxone kits in buildings owned and operated by the City of Kingston

November 8, 2017

Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC) supports Council’s unanimous decision to make naloxone kits available in buildings owned and operated by the City of Kingston. As the death toll from opioid overdose mounts in Ontario and North America, it has never been more important to make this life-saving antidote more widely available.

An opioid overdose is a medical emergency, not a criminal act, and every second matters. A person who is overdosing cannot save themselves, so witnesses need to call 9-1-1 immediately. They should then administer naloxone, if available, while waiting for first responders to arrive. As of May 2017, the Good Samaritan Overdose Act provides legal protection in Canada for people who experience or witness an overdose and call 9-1-1 for help.

The naloxone kits to be provided by the City of Kingston will be an easy-to-use intranasal device. Being prepared to respond to an overdose with naloxone will save lives.

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Contact:

Mike Bell, CEO, Kingston Community Health Centres
mikeb@kchc.ca; 613.542.2949 ext. 1145

Meredith MacKenzie, Physician, Street Health Centre, a part of Kingston Community Health Centres 
meredithm@kchc.ca; 613.549.1440