(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Recently, a woman who was battling a drug addiction lost the battle and was found dead in a family home.
The woman was known to many as having a big heart but getting wrapped up in the drugs scene and before she knew it, addiction had taken its hold on her life and didn’t let go, despite her efforts.
The woman’s family invited her over to their house for her birthday, hoping for a sober day for the woman. Sadly, the woman was located later on deceased with various drug paraphernalia around her.
Fatal overdoses and overdoses in general are on an alarming increase in frequency year to year. Drugs are getting strong and narcan resistant fentanyl has been identified in regions surrounding Thunder Bay, but it has not been confirmed as here, yet. Expect it to arrive soon and fatal overdoses to skyrocket.
Narcan is a drug provided for free by pharmacies and other harm-reduction agencies. The government pays for the drug to be distributed for free. Overdose symptoms are temporarily reversed with this drug, but only temporarily. The drug temporarily blocks opiates from having an effect on the brain but soon wears off and re-overdosing is possible and likely. Narcan does not “absorb” drugs out of your body, it only blocks their effects for a short time, which is intended to buy time for paramedics to take over and save a life.
Sobering up has never been a better idea than now, before the narcan resistant fentanyl arrives in Thunder Bay. Reach out to the good, compassionate people at the Thunder Bay Counselling Centre at 807-684-1880 and ask the about how you can start a path towards sobriety.
Also, don’t forget to utilize the consumption and treatment services (supervised injection site) available at NorWest Community Health Centres, 525 Simpson street. Mon-Friday 10 am- 6 pm. Soon to be open 7 days per week.