The AIDS Committee of Windsor provides extensive and detailed training on numerous topics, including the opioid crisis, recognizing an opiate overdose, administering naloxone, and tips on reducing the risk of overdoses.
We rely on residents, agencies, and businesses to access these trainings and spread the word by challenging common preconceptions and myths, and advocating for a humane and effective response to overdoses in Windsor- Essex and Chatham-Kent.
Effective treatment can reduce the risk of overdoses and help overdose survivors implement strategies for using more safely. Access to medication-assisted treatment is vital, along with access to supportive and counselling services that incorporate harm reduction principles.
If you use opioids, you can reduce your risk by:
An individual experiencing and opioid overdose needs immediate medical attention. Therefore, members of the public should be encouraged to call 9-1-1. The Good Samaritan law prevents arrest, charges or prosecution for persons in possession of controlled substances or paraphernalia if emergency assistance is sought.
This is not an exhaustive list of things we can do in addressing the opioid crisis. Questions or concerns regarding any of the above can be addressed to the AIDS Committee of Windsor’s Harm Reduction Community Education Coordinator at 519-973-0222 ext. 127 or firstname.lastname@example.org