CMHA Middlesex joins individuals and organizations worldwide in recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day (IAOD) on August 31. IAOD aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.
Raising awareness about preventing overdose is important now more than ever. In Ontario, it’s estimated that an opioid-related overdose death occurs every 10 hours. In response, the province has made naloxone, a life-saving drug that can reverse an opioid overdose, available free of charge at pharmacies and other organizations across Ontario.
For more information on participating pharmacies and organizations that distribute naloxone free of charge, visit this page on the Ontario website.
You can help by understanding the signs of an overdose, which is a toxic amount of one or more substances that stop the body from working properly.
Signs of opioid overdose include:
• Person is not moving or responsive
• Slow, shallow breathing or no breathing
• Slow heartbeat
• Person may be choking, or making gurgling sounds
• Cold, clammy skin
• Trouble walking or talking
• Tiny pupils
CMHA Middlesex offers various programs to assist those with a substance use concern, which can be found in our quarterly program guides. Groups include, Butterfly Drop-In, Concurrent Disorders, Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine and Persuasion Group (Strathroy Site). You can learn about these programs and others in the Fall Program Guide.
CMHA Middlesex also offers a Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Centre at 648 Huron street – 24/7 walk in service. Individuals will be assessed and receive resources and education to support them with their addiction concerns. CMHA Middlesex collaborates with Addictions Services of Thames Valley to ensure seamless referrals to appropriate programs.
Many staff are trained to educate and distribute Naloxone kits to individuals receiving services.