Health Canada has declared the use of opioids a national public health crisis, with 2458 opioid-related deaths in Canada in 2016. In 2017, there were 24 confirmed and 5 probable opioid-related deaths in Nova Scotia. In July 2017, the Government of Nova Scotia released their Opioid Use & Overdose Framework to help tackle the immediate impacts and long term effects of opioid use and overdose in Nova Scotia.
Overdose Signs and Symptoms:
Signs and symptoms of a possible opioid overdose are:
If you encounter someone with any of these signs or symptoms:
There are supports services available if you or someone you know is battling drug addiction, needs someone to talk to or is unsure of where to get help. Please refer to the following links for more information:
CBU Max Bell Health and Counselling Centre: CBU’s Personal Counsellors are Clinical Social Workers who work with students to deal with a variety of issues including depression and anxiety, grief, parenting, anger, relationship issues, family conflict, time management, stress, financial concerns, and more. To make an appointment or inquiry, call 902-563-1359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nova Scotia Health – Addiction Services: Mental Health and Addictions (MHA) gives care and support to people with mental health disorders and substance/gambling addictions. This includes health promotion and prevention, as well as general and specialized treatment programs. These programs include outpatient and community-based programs, home and school-based interventions and inpatient services.
Sharp Advise Needle Exchange Outreach Services: Located at 150 Bentinck Street in Sydney (use back door), the Sharp Advice Needle Exchange is a non-profit, community based organization sponsored by The Ally Centre of Cape Breton and funded through the Nova Scotia Department of Health. The goal is to reduce the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C and B, and other harms related to injection drug use within the community. This is done by providing clean injection equipment, education, referrals and support to those who are using injection drugs. For more information, please call 902-539-5556.
Narcotics Anonymous- A Resource in Your Community: Anyone with a desire to stop using drugs is welcome to become a member of Narcotics Anonymous. Membership is not limited to addicts using any particular drug. Those who feel they may have a problem with drugs, legal or illegal, including alcohol, are welcome in NA. Recovery in NA focuses on the problem of addiction, not on any particular drug.