Drug overdose kits have been installed at all Burlington libraries


Published August 28, 2023 at 2:14 pm

Naloxone nasal spray kits are now in place at all Burlington library branches.

All Burlington public libraries are now equipped with the medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

Branches of the Burlington Public Library have installed naloxone kits at all branches and can be administered by trained staff at each location.

The kits include naloxone nasal spray that can temporarily reverse opioid poisoning.

Naloxone has been proven to be effective in countering decreased breathing during an opioid overdose until expert medical attention can be given at the scene or when a victim can be taken to the hospital.

Typical drugs that can lead to an overdose include heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid medications.

The news follows the recent release of data that shows that the use of opioids — and opioid-related overdoses — continue to plague communities across Ontario

Halton Regional Police figures show that during the first half of 2023, there were 191 overdose calls that led to 19 drug-related deaths.

The majority of overdose cases are those between the ages of 18 and 34.

Almost 5,000 naloxone kits have been distributed in Halton Region.



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