With International Opioid Awareness Day just days away, the health unit is getting a jump on promoting harm reduction.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Health Unit is hoping to spread the word on the services they offer to combat opioid addictions, including free naloxone kits to temporarily reduce the effects of an overdose, needle exchange programs, and a mobile van outreach service.

Karen Taylor a public health nurse says, “We know there is a growing problem with opioid-related addictions, overdoses, and deaths in our communities, so it is important that we take steps to counteract this situation.”

“Harm reduction means taking steps to prevent or reduce the risk of injury and illness,” says Angela Andrews a health promoter with the HKPR.  Andrews adds, “It’s no different than we encourage people to use seatbelts or apply sunscreen.”

Naxolone kit questions can be directed to Karen Taylor by calling  1-866-888-4577 ext. 2240

Needle Exchange questions can be directed to Angela Andrews by calling the same number with ext.3239.