Health Unit expanding needle exchange program, naloxone training

Health Unit expanding needle exchange program, naloxone training

To The Haldimand Press

HALDIMAND—Staff reported on the expansion of a number of programs aimed at managing the opioid crisis at a meeting of the Haldimand-Norfolk Board of Health recently.

Increased training on the use of naloxone kits, the growing use of a needle exchange program, and the development of opioid management and overdose response plans were all on the meeting agenda for discussion.

Together, these harm-reduction tactics are helping Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit staff take on an epidemic that has seen the rate of opioid-related emergency department visits in the region more than double since 2013.

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