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A POD Kit Can Save Your Life

POD (Prevent Opioid Death) program is a harm reduction initiative that distributes Naloxone kits to opioid users. The purpose of the POD program in Simcoe Muskoka is to put Naloxone into the hands of people who use opioids, as well as their family and friends, so that they can use it in the event of an overdose.

Naloxone is an antidote for opioid overdose.  Naloxone acts quickly, within 1 to 5 minutes.  People who are distributed the kit will be encouraged to call 911, start chest compressions and rescue breathing when Naloxone is administered. Naloxone is a very safe drug.  It only works to block the effects of opioids in the brain and cannot get a person high. 

People who use opioids, their friends, and family, can get a free POD kit without a prescription by calling the health unit at 705-721-7520. Training and kits are available throughout Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka at health unit locations and in the community at set drop-in training sessions. These kits can also be accessed free of charge and without a prescription through selected pharmacies. Calling ahead to determine availability is advised.

 

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