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Preparing to battle the rise of opioid drugs in Northumberland County

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today



PORT HOPE -- A detailed report about how the local health unit is battling opioid overdoses and fatalities does not yet include a safe injection site like the one established this summer after a volunteer pop-up tent appeared in Toronto.

After receiving the Medical Officer of Health's (MOH) report about how the inventory, supply and control of Naloxone has been established and the first "pop up" Naloxone community event was held at the hospital in Lindsay last month, board members of the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit asked if there were plans in place to react to a "pop-up" safe injection site should it occur in the health unit's own tri-county jurisdiction.

Noseworthy said a plan was being but that this was contingent on provincial funding. She said a staff report would be coming to the board.

Dr. Lynn Noseworthy was also asked what preparations the health unit was putting in place to offer information to area residents about recreational marijuana use when it is made legal next year.

Likening the coming use of legal, recreational, marijuana-use to cigarettes, board member Andrea Roberts asked what quantities would be advised, for example, and other relevant information.

"We are working on messaging," Noseworthy replied.

Normally, the MOH added, the Health Ministry will provide resources and training for health unit staff members when changes like this take place.