Every day in Quebec, at least one person loses their life due to a possible poisoning by an opioid or another drug. It is time to dispel the myths and raise awareness of this issue among the general public. The opioid crisis has many faces. It makes no distinction with regard to age, gender, background or social class. Anyone can be affected by a drug overdose situation.
Unfortunately, many people are unfamiliar with the risks associated with psychoactive substance use and the signs and symptoms of an overdose, let alone know how to rescue a person who is a victim. The use of opioids, whether prescribed by a doctor or illicitly obtained, can pose health risks, create addiction or, worse, cause death. The good news is that naloxone is now available free of charge in pharmacies, through some community organizations and in most of the health and social services network facilities. It is a medication that acts as an antidote and reverses or blocks the deadly effects of opioids.
Training to recognize and respond to opioid overdoses = Saving lives!