Drug Use & Opioids | Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Drug Use & Opioids

Drug Use and Opioids

Rates of opioid prescribing and use are on the rise. Ontario has the highest rate of narcotic use in Canada and over 300 people dies every year from opioid overdose. Opioid overdose deaths now equal the number of people killed in motor vehicle collisions.

Physician Resources for Opioid Management

Education and Resources

Self-Management Programs

Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Centre - Living well with a chronic condition. This is a 6 week self-management  workshop that helps people living with a chronic condition to better manage sysmptomsfor an improved quality of life.

Dr. Adam Stewart

Dr. Melissa Holowaty

Pain Clinics

  • Kingston Orthopaedic Pain Institute (KOPI) promoted wellness and optimizes functional abilities of individual with muscoloskeletal disorders by providing timely, comprehensive, and multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment. Patients must be referred by a physician. Please call 613-507-7246 or visit http://www.kopi.ca/


Opioid Replacement Therapy is available at the following locations:

  • Opioid Management Clinic - Addictions and Mental Health Services HPE, 613-968-9106
  • Rapid Access Addictions Medicine Clinic - Belleville and Quinte West CHC, Trenton location  613-965-0698
  • Rapid Access Addictions Medicine Clinic - Marmora Medical Centre 613-472-2552
  • Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre (OATC) - Belleville: 257 Front Street 613-969-7862
  • Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre (OATC) - Bancroft : 89 Hastings Street N 613-332-0660
  • Change Health Care - Picton 266 Main Street 613-476-3636
  • Sunrise - Belleville 450 Dundas Street East 613-771-0004

Lifesaver Program

The Lifesaver Program is a new component of our ongoing harm reduction efforts at HPEPH. 

Anyone who uses illicit drugs or is a current or previous long term user of opioids should have a Lifesaver kit. Lifesaver kits contain Naloxone in either an injectable or nasal spray format. These medications can temporarily stop an overdose caused by opioid drugs, which includes heroin, morphine, fentanyl, methadone, and codeine.

Individuals who receive the Lifesaver kit will receive training to both recognize the signs and symptoms of an overdose as well as learn how to administer this life saving medication. 

Naloxone nasal spray kits are available, at no cost, at all HPEPH health unit offices for people who use or have previously used drugs and their friends and family. Naloxone nasal spray kits or Naloxone injectable kits are also available at several pharmacies across the region at no cost. Availability of injectable or nasal spray formats varies depening on the pharmacy. Find participating locations offering free naloxone.