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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Police & Mental Health Team Work To Combat Opioid Use

Owen Sound | by Claire McCormack  

Public awareness & educational intervention campaign following a recent suspected drug overdose in Owen Sound.

Education Campaign underway Courtesy Owen Sound Police  

Owen Sound Police say local agencies are teaming up to combat the effects of the opioid epidemic in Owen Sound.

City police say on Thursday, June 18, a public awareness and educational intervention was conducted following a recent, suspected drug overdose in Owen Sound.

Police say the overdose occurred on June 16th. Police and paramedics attended an Owen Sound residence regarding the sudden death of a city resident. They say an investigation conducted by the Coroner and police is "highly suggestive of a drug-related overdose."

In light of this, the later in the week, the Grey Bruce Health unit partnered with the Mobile Mental Health and Addiction Response Team (MMHART) to distribute Naloxone Kits, literature on safer drug use as well education regarding the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act.

The MMHART team is comprised of an Owen Sound police officer and a worker from the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Police say Naloxone can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose and are available free of charge at several pharmacies and at the Public Health Unit.

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides some legal protections for people who seek emergency help during an overdose. It aims to reduce fear of police attending overdose events and encourage people to help save a life.

Polcie say the MMHART collaboration is part of an ongoing strategy amongst local agencies to reduce incidents of harmful and tragic outcomes that can result from the abuse of toxic Opioid narcotics including Fentanyl. 

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