Opioid Overdose Prevention

Opioid Overdose Prevention

How is NWT Responding?

December 2016

Establishment of the NWT Opioid Misuse and Overdose Task Group

Led by the Chief Public Health Officer, this group includes members from GNWT Departments and representation from NTHSSA, RCMP and the public. The purpose of the task group is to respond to the ongoing issues related to opioid drug misuse and overdose and to provide strategic oversight, leadership and coordination. Part of this work also includes a public awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of illicit drugs.

Take Home Injection Naloxone Kits

Kits were distributed to NWT retail pharmacies, health centres, clinics, hospitals and health cabins.

November 2016

A second advisory was issued when a number of near fatal overdoses were presented at the Stanton Territorial Hospital Emergency Department.

February 2015

The NWT Chief Public Health Officer issued a public health advisory regarding the dangers associated with the use of street fentanyl.