Raising Opioid Awareness In Niagara

“We encourage all residents of Niagara to learn more about how to prevent, recognize and respond to an overdose.”

A News Alert from Niagara Region’s Emergency Medical Services – Niagara EMS

Posted December 21, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Region, Ontario  – Opioid misuse is a growing concern. Opioids are also called narcotics. Niagara EMS would like to ensure the public are aware of the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose:images23wewgtn

  • Slow breathing and heart rate
  • Severe drowsiness
  • Cold, clammy skin which may appear blue in colour
  • Very small pupils
  • Not responsive to shouting or shaking

If you witness someone who shows the signs and symptoms above, or signs of distress, always call 9-1-1, as it is a medical emergency.

Narcan (Naloxone) is a medication administered to temporarily reverse the symptoms of an opioid overdose. Narcan is available for free at several locations such as Positive Living Niagara and some pharmacies.

If Narcan is available during an overdose, administer the first dose, and then always call 9-1-1. Niagara EMS paramedics are highly trained to identify and treat medication and substance overdoses. Monitor the person, as a second dose may be required if signs and symptoms reappear.  

A group of local agencies have come together to help prevent further overdoses and deaths by increasing opioid awareness through education. We encourage all residents of Niagara to learn more about how to prevent, recognize and respond to an overdose.

For more information on opioid overdose, visit facethefentanyl.ca

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One response to “Raising Opioid Awareness In Niagara

  1. The one vital symptom that was not mentioned in the list is DEATH.

    For example, in Vancouver….NINE deaths on December 12th….NINE deaths on December 16th…….THIRTEEN deaths on December 18th.
    Drugs like fentanyl are made to treat intractable pain like cancer, not for kicks, but they are getting mixed with other supposedly innocuous drugs and many are not aware of what they are taking. If you don’t get narcan in time, you die, Simple as that.


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