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Happenin’ With Hep C

Naloxone Kits and Training

January 22nd, 2016 at 8:47 am

January 22, 2016

The Hep C Team has been provided with Naloxone kits to hand out to our client who may be at risk or around people who are at risk of overdosing on opiates.

Naloxone temporarily reversed the effects of heroin and other opioid drugs. Opioids can kill by stopping a person’s breathing. Naloxone takes 2-5 minutes to work and lasts for up to 45 minutes. It is essential that individuals seek medical attention after receiving Naloxone. Naloxone is very safe and can not be misused.

The Naloxone kits include:

  • Two 1cc ampules of Naloxone 0.4 mg/cc
  • 2 amp snappers
  • 2 safety engineered syringes with 1″ needles attached
  • A pair of nitrile gloves
  • Naloxone Prescription Identifier Card
  • Step-by Step instruction pamphlet for administration of Inter-Muscular Naloxone
  • Mouth-to-Mouth Shield
  • A Recovery Position Card

Some opioids are Codeine, Morphine, Methadone, Fentanyl, Heroin, Buprenorphine, Hydromorphone, Hydrocodone, and Pentazocine.

Anyone can overdoes: first time users, long-time users, old people, young people, people being released from jail or treatment, etc… There is no exact formula for determining how much of a certain drug or combination of drugs will lead to  an overdose. Any individual’s physical characteristics play a role: weights, health, tolerance for a drug at a particular time, drug potency, route of administration, or frequency/amount use. Statistically, there is an increase risk of overdose during the first 2 weeks after release from prison.

Some signs a person may have overdosed on opioids are:

  • Breathing is very slow, erratic or not at all
  • Finger nails &/or lips turn blue or purple
  • Body is limp
  • Deep snoring or gurgling sounds
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Unresponsive
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Choking
  • Skin feels cold and clammy

Tips on Preventing an Overdose:

  • Use on drug at a time or less of a dose.
  • Do a tester shot, release the tourniquet.
  • Buy from the same dealer so you have a better idea of what you are getting.
  • Use less when you are sick or take a break from using. Do a tester shot or split the dose in half.
  • Fix with a friend , leave a door unlocked, call someone
  • Be aware of your surroundings

If you are interested in receiving a Naloxone kit and/or training, please contact Kristina Rancourt-Maille at 705-497-3560 Ext 204 or hepccommcoord@gmail.com . Kits are only available to our clients! Training is available to everyone.

Hep C & HIV Testing

November 27th, 2015 at 1:53 pm

November 27, 2015

The Hep C Team has been doing a lot of testing within our catchment. We have been doing testing in New Liskeard, Mattawa, Sturgeon Fall, Garden Village and in North Bay. Our next testing drive will be at The Gathering Place in North Bay on Friday, January 15, 2016 from 10-11 am. Testing takes a few minutes with the nurse. We can test for Hepatitis C and HIV. If this is not a convenient time for you, please call Keri or Kelsey at 705-497-3560 Ext 210 and they can set something else up for you.

In the new year, we will be working with other community partners to provide mobile testing in a van. We will be able to come to you!

 

 

ATTENTION PEERS

August 18th, 2015 at 10:49 am

August 18, 2015

HORSEBACK RIDING: Caitlin will be organizing a horseback riding outing with peers at the start of September.

OUTREACH AND PACKING SUPPLIES: We are looking for people to help with outreach and/or packing supplies.

SUPPORT GROUP is every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30-3pm in Suite 204 of our building.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be on Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 6-8 pm. All are welcome to come! Location is still to be determined.

If you are interested, please call Caitlin at 705-497-3560 Ext 201 or see her in the office.

West Nipissing Health and Services Fair on September 16, 2015

August 10th, 2015 at 9:25 am

August 10, 2015

The AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area with support from the Centre Alliance Centre is pleased to announce it will be hosting the 2nd annual Health and Services Fair in Sturgeon Falls Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 12 pm till 4 pm at the West Nipissing Community & Recreation Centre at 219 O’Hara Street, Sturgeon Falls.

Representatives from a range of area health and social services agencies will be on hand raising awareness, answering questions and providing valuable information about their organizations and the services they offer.

Admission is free and open to all. Attendees will be able to access information and talk about a range of issues including; mental health, housing, wellness, addictions, harm reduction, outreach, counselling and much more. There will also be free on-site Hepatitis C Testing from 12pm till 3 pm.

For more information, please contact Kristina at 705-497-3560 Ext 204 or hepccommcoord@gmail.com

Naloxone Program-Looking for Hep C clients to train

July 13th, 2015 at 11:10 am

July 13, 2015

Naloxone is an opiate overdose reversal drug (opiate antagonist).  We are looking for clients with hepatitis C who have used or are currently using opiates to participate in this program. You must be willing to take the training , willing to administer the drug, and willing to return after using Naloxone for follow-up. If you are interested, please contact Kelsey Secord at 705-497-3560 Ext. 210.

For more information, please check out  www.ohrdp.ca/opioid-overdose-prevention/and www.catie.ca/en/pc/program/overdose-prevention-project!