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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health
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Opioids

While rates of opioid prescribing are decreasing, Ontario continues to have a high rate of narcotic use. In 2018, there were 4588 deaths in Canada related to opioid overdose. Learn more about opioid use and the signs of overdose below. For more general information about opioids, visit Health Canada’s website.

Carfentanil, Fentanyl and Etizolam are in Our Community

The presence of both carfentanil, illicit (non-prescription) fentanyl and other illicit drugs containing carfentanil, fentanyl and etizolam have been identified within Hastings and Prince Edward Counties and surrounding regions. This has the potential to increase the risk and rate of overdoses within the region. Amounts of these drugs can be fatal – even if only as small as one grain of salt. People may be unaware they are consuming it as it can be disguised as other drugs.

Signs of an Overdose

  • Person will not wake up easily, or at all
  • Breathing is slow, erratic or has stopped
  • Fingernails or lips turn blue or purple
  • Body is limp
  • Deep snoring or gurgling sounds
  • Pinpoint/very small pupils
  • May be vomiting
  • Skin feels cold and clammy

If you think someone is having an overdose, call 911 immediately. We remind everyone of the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act: if you seek medical help for someone who has overdosed, you will not be charged for possessing drugs for personal use.

If you use drugs, use safely, never use alone, ensure you have access to a naloxone kit and know the signs of an overdose. Visit our Safer Drug Use and Naloxone page for more information about steps you can take to reduce your risk.

Other Resources about Opioids

Looking for help? You are not alone. There are many programs and resources available to support you.

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Appointments for individuals 5+ can be booked through the provincial vaccine booking site, or by calling 1-833-943-3900 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.  

Due to limited supply, HPEPH will initially be prioritizing available bivalent vaccine for residents and workers at identified highest-risk facilities.  Some HPEPH vaccination clinics MAY offer the bivalent vaccine, as availability allows. Vaccine clinics in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties will continue to offer monovalent vaccines (the same mRNA vaccines given as the primary series) for all eligible individuals until a steady supply of the bivalent vaccine is available.

Visit the HPEPH vaccine booking web page for details.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Symptoms or exposure? Visit www.ontario.ca/exposed for the most up to date information about what to do.

For the most up to date information on current provincial restrictions, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/public-health-measures.

The Ministry of Health has launched a new toll-free line as an additional resource to help answer questions from the public regarding evolving COVID-19 testing and isolation guidance. The line can be reached at 1-888-777-0730, and is available from 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week.