Naloxone kit usage subject of meeting
With naloxone kits spread across the city as a response to the opioid crisis, public health officials are holding a public information session to try to make sure people know how to use them.
A public meeting is set for Wednesday at Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health at 221 Portsmouth Ave. from 6:30 to 9 p.m. so members of the public can find out how to use naloxone to respond to an opioid overdose.
Naloxone is a medication, delivered through a nasal spray or injection, that can temporarily reverse an overdose caused by opioid drugs, including hydromorphone, oxycodone, fentanyl, carfentanil, morphine, heroin and drugs that are unknowingly contaminated with opioids.
Last month, the city installed naloxone kits adjacent to the automated external defibrillators (AED) stations in facilities owned and operated by the city. Each kit contains instructions, gloves and two doses of naloxone nasal spray.
Public access naloxone kits can be found at: Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, 382 Bagot St.; Belle Park, 731 Montreal St.; Cataraqui Community Centre, 1030 Sunnyside Rd.; Centre 70,100 Days Rd .; City Hall ,216 Ontario St.; Confederation Basin, marina office, 6 Clarence St.; Grand Theatre, 218 Princess St.; Housing and Social Services, 362 Montreal St.; Invista Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.; Norman Rogers Airport ,1114 Len Birch all Way; Mac Lachl an Woodworking Museum, 2993 Hwy. 2 East; Memorial Centre and Tomlinson Aqua Park, 303 York St.; Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 53 Yonge St.; and Pumphouse Steam Museum, 23 Ontario St.
Kits also can be picked up at any KFL&A Public Health location, Street Health Centre and community pharmacies.
No registration is required for the session. Participants are to receive a free take-home nasal spray naloxone kit and training how to use it.