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Anti-overdose naloxone kits soon to be available in Terrace for opioid users

Naloxone kit. (Credit: Terrace Health Unit)

Naloxone kit. (Credit: Terrace Health Unit)

Naloxone kits will soon be available in Terrace.

The kits will allow people who use opioids to counteract the effects of an overdose.

Mitch Griffith is the community services manager with the Terrace Health Unit.

He says the kits are part of a province-wide harm reduction program.

The health unit will train opioid users on how to use the kits, and Griffith says naloxone can be self-administered or by anyone who has been trained.

Griffith adds anyone who’s trained can use the kit, but it’ll only be given to opioid users.

Earlier this year, provincial health officer, Dr. Perry Kendall declared a public health emergency after a dramatic increase in the number of opioid overdoses.

Many of those overdoses have been blamed on fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that’s considered far more potent than heroin.

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