International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. See below for a selection of research and resources from Ontario.
Chest Compressions and Rescue Breathing When Administering Naloxone in Opioid Overdose
From the Ontario HIV Network
• A rapid response summarizing the recent research on the efficacy of chest compressions and/or the use of rescue breathing.
Access at http://www.ohtn.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/RR108_Opiod-Overdose.pdf
Latest Trends in Opioid-Related Deaths in Ontario: 1991 to 2015
From The Ontario Drug Policy Research Network
• A cross-sectional study of opioid-related mortality and also discusses how the rate of opioid-related deaths continues to rise in Ontario.
Access at http://odprn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/ODPRN-Report_Latest-trends-in-opioid-related-deaths.pdf
The Merits of Supervised Injection Facilities: A Case for Sudbury and Northern Ontario
From the Northern Policy Institute
• Discusses how safer injection facilities can effectively accomplish key health care goals, improve community wellness, and reduce the incidence of incurable disease.
Access at http://www.northernpolicy.ca/upload/documents/publications/research-reports/supervised-injection-facilities.pdf
Toronto Overdose Action Plan: Prevention & Response
From Toronto Public Health
• Includes recommendations and info on overdose response strategies such as supervised injection sites, drug checking programs and emergency medicine care.
Access at http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/hl/bgrd/backgroundfile-101781.pdf
Where to get a Free Naloxone Kit
From the Government of Ontario
• Find participating pharmacies, community organizations and provincial correctional facilities that provide naloxone kits and training on how to use them.