Nalox­one kit us­age sub­ject of meet­ing

Kingston Whig-Standard - - NEWS -

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.

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