PDS Initiatives

Here's an infographic with clickable links explaining some of what the PDS is about and the initiatives we strive towards.



3 December - 911 Naloxone

The past few weeks have been flooded with support and media attention for a new video we released called 911 Naloxone.  This video has a pretty great message and story, so I'm going to take some time to talk a little bit about it. 


Firstly, the video itself was initiated and funded by the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, who sought out the partnership of Peterborough's police and paramedic services as well as us here at the Drug Strategy. Now this in itself is a really encouraging fact to me. The fact that Peterborough has such a supportive and progressive concoction of local services that they would be willing to support such a project and advocate this type of cause is heart warming, to say the least!


Now the 911 Naloxone video has 2 main messages:




The idea that someone might be afraid to call 911 is a perplexing one, but it makes sense when you break it down. If two friends are using an illicit substance and one of them overdoses, the friend might be afraid that if he calls 911 the police would charge him for using illicit substances in the first place. But there is a key point here:


Calling 911 and receiving professional medical attention is often the ONLY way to make it through an overdose. Sleeping it off? Nope. Vomiting? Nope. Drinking lots of water? Nope. You need an ambulance. Peterborough Lakefield Police are committed to responding to overdose calls with the priority of saving lives, not laying drug charges.  Check out the film 911Naloxone and see what Chief Murray Rodd has to say.





So here it is in layman's terms: When someone starts overdosing from taking an opioid (heroin, oxycodone, morphine, etc.) their respiratory system forgets to breathe because the drug is blocking that response from their brain. Naloxone is what's known as an Opioid Antagonist. It temporarily stops the effect of the opioid on the brain, so that a person remembers to breathe. Naloxone is injected into a large muscle group like the arm or thigh and usually lasts for 30-45 minutes to keep a person alive while waiting for medical help to arrive. Keep in mind, however, that Naloxone does not cure an overdose! After that window, the individual may slip back into respiratory failure and stop breathing again. This is why it is SO important to call 911!



Naloxone save lives, and we here at the drug strategy want to give credit to our community partners who have prioritized making Naloxone available in Peterborough.  Thanks @PCCHU and @PARN



For more info on Naloxone and it's use around the world, check out http://www.naloxoneinfo.org/



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March Update

Please click here to view the Peterborough Drug Strategy March Update.

Peterborough Drug Strategy

The Peterborough Drug Strategy has completed its strategic plan.  Many thanks to all those who contributed to make this process possible.  We are excited to introduce the recommendations that are the result of much consultation with the residents in Peterborough City and County as well as linked to the best available evidence locally, provincially and internationally.


Please click below to view the PDF. 


Peterborough Drug Strategy June 2012

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