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Free naloxone kits can save lives, Ottawa Public Health tweets

Naloxone is a medication that temporarily reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, OPH tweeted, but it's still important to call 9-1-1.
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Amidst three overdose deaths on Aug. 19, Ottawa Public Health (OPH)  is reminding citizens of the importance of naloxone kits.

Naloxone is a medication that temporarily reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, OPH tweeted, but it's still important to call 9-1-1.

In Ontario, naloxone is free through the Peer Overdose Prevention Program (POPP), and available to both those at risk of overdosing and individuals who could help respond to an overdose.

"When you get your kit, you will also receive training on overdose prevention, recognizing an overdose and how to respond," OPH states.

More information on where to find the kits can be found on the OPH website.

 

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