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Lambton Public Health issues advisory regarding increase in suspected opioid overdoses/toxicity

Point Edward, ON – Lambton Public Health (LPH) has received reports of 10 suspected opioid
overdoses/toxicity over a five-day period beginning June 29, 2023. This is higher than average
compared to recent monitoring data.

Due to this increase, LPH urgently recommends caution when using opioids or if using drugs
not prescribed to you:

  • Don’t mix with alcohol or other drugs,
  • Don’t use alone,
  • Know the signs of an opioid overdose,
  • Carry a Naloxone kit.

Signs of an opioid overdose/toxicity include:

  • Difficulty walking, talking, or staying awake,
  • Blue or grey lips or nails,
  • Very small pupils,
  • Cold and clammy skin,
  • Dizziness and confusion,
  • Extreme drowsiness,
  • Choking, gurgling, or snoring sounds,
  • Slow, weak, or no breathing,
  • Inability to wake up, even when shaken or shouted at.

Free Naloxone kits are available from Lambton Public Health, local pharmacies, and several partner agencies including Community Health Centres.

In the event of a suspected opioid overdose/toxicity please:

  • Call 911 and stay at the scene to provide information to paramedics,
  • Administer Naloxone if you have it,
  • Know that the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act protects you.

LPH continues to validate all reports of recent overdoses with stakeholders and health system partners. For more information, please visit our website.


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