'We need to be prepared': Province set to launch naloxone plan

Friday, 11 August 2017, 03:22:26 PM. Naloxone action plan for P.E.I. scheduled to be released in early September.
The province is putting together a plan to try to prevent Islanders from dying from drug overdoses. Health officials will soon start tracking how many Islanders are overdosing, so they can get them the treatment they need. "Opioid situation touches not only individuals, but affects families and there's a huge ripple effect," said Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison. 'Keep Islanders safe' The emergency response to opioid overdoses has been Naloxone. (Ben Silcox/CBC) "It's a long term work ahead of us, but I think right now this action plan is really trying to respond to what was going on in the rest of the country, so that we could look at what we could do here in P.E.I. to keep islanders safe and to prevent opioid overdoses and deaths." P.E.I. hasn't seen the crisis of drug overdoses like British Columbia and Ontario. Naloxone kits available at Island pharmacies But Islanders are overdosing on opioids, and public health officials want to do what they can to prevent a crisis here, watching for any drastic spike. "The surveillance, which is really keeping track in a better way of our opioid overdoses and deaths, so we've been working with coroners, with our emergency departments to try to collect that information," said Morrison. 'Trying to keep track' Health officials in PEI plan to continue to help Islanders recognize when someone has a problem with opioids and how they can get treatment. (John Moore/Getty Images) And, the province plans to take a closer...Read more
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