Windsor health unit and faith community naloxone initiative distributes hundreds of kits

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Windsor health unit and faith community naloxone initiative distributes hundreds of kits

A homeless man is shown the contents of a naloxone kit in Edmonton in February 2022.
A homeless man is shown the contents of a naloxone kit in Edmonton in February 2022. Photo by David Bloom /Postmedia Network

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is hailing the success of its initiative to collaborate with the faith community on distribution of naloxone kits.

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According to a release on Friday, more than 500 free kits have been handed out to places of worship across the region over the past month.

The strategy is meant to reach a broad spectrum of people across cultures, communities, and classes — spreading awareness of opioid overdoses and providing life-saving tools.

Partners in the initiative have included churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples throughout Windsor-Essex.

Dr. Shanker Nesathurai, the region’s Acting Medical Officer of Health, noted that Windsor-Essex had more than 60 deaths related to opioid overdoses in 2021.

“Naloxone can save lives, and the health unit is pleased that faith-based organizations have come forward to help,” Nesathurai said.

Distribution of naloxone kits to places of worship will continue on a request basis.

For more information about naloxone, visit www.wecoss.ca.

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