October 5, 2021 4:50 A.M.
Huron County Ontario Provincial Police is launching new drug overdose awareness campaign.
In a statement, the Huron County Ontario Provincial Police said it is teaming up with local community partners to promote the new campaign to raise awareness of the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act.
The law provides “some legal protection for people who seek help during an overdose, even if the person has taken or has drugs on them.”
Police say many overdose deaths are preventable, but many deaths occur because those involved are afraid to call the police because they are afraid of the legal consequences. The campaign will also encourage people to get naloxone kits, which could help save someone with an overdose until emergency responders arrive.
The Huron County OPP shares in the statement that since 2016, they have responded to nearly 150 calls for drug overdoses, 14 of which have resulted in deaths.
“The impact of the opioid crisis continues to be devastating for individuals, families and our communities as a whole,” said Jason Younan, commander of the Ontario Provincial Police Detachment in Huron County. “We hope this awareness campaign will help to reiterate and reinforce the message that if you see an overdose, call 9-1-1, ask for help to save lives and stay with the victim. Have no fear – the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Law can protect you ”
“If you, or someone you know, uses opioids, we strongly encourage you to get a free naloxone kit,” said Michelle Carter, public health nurse at Huron Perth Public Health.
“The use of substances alone can be fatal. Naloxone is only temporary; It is important that in the event of an overdose, you call 9-1-1 and stay with the person until help arrives.