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Fort William launches National Addictions Awareness Week with information sessions – Anishinabek News

by ahnationtalk on November 24, 202320 Views

November 24, 2023

FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION — Fort William launched National Addictions Awareness Week with presentations on Naloxone usage and the Good Samaritan Act, 2001 on Nov. 20 at the Fort William First Nation Community Centre.

“Naloxone first and foremost is a lifesaving medication,” says Patrick Jones, adult mental health case manager at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care, noting that Naloxone kits currently contain nasal sprays for overdoses. “You put it in the person’s nose and push the red button, that will deliver the medication. When the medication goes in, it’s going to work pretty fast, within five minutes or so. It’s going to go directly into the blood stream and it’s going to essentially reverse the overdose.”

Jones says some people with an overdose require multiple Naloxone kits to reverse the overdose.

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