Effective Friday, September 17, a province-wide mandatory masking order will be implemented for all indoor public spaces.
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There is always a risk when you use drugs, but there are steps you can take to be safer.
It's safer when someone is there to administer naloxone and/or call for help.
1. Access a supervised consumption service when using your drugs.
2. Use the buddy system
On the phone or online
3. Call the National Overdose Response Service – 1-888-688-NORS (6677)
Naloxone reverses the effects of an opioid overdose temporarily, restoring breathing in a few minutes and buying time for EMS to arrive. Saskatchewan residents who are at risk of an opioid overdose and/or might witness an opioid overdose, such as friends and family of people who use opioids, are eligible for free training and a free Take Home Naloxone kit. The training covers overdose prevention, recognition, and response, including how to administer naloxone.
Drug checking services are now available at:
Drugs are checked using fentanyl and/or benzodiazepine test strips. To perform a test, the drug checker will take a tiny sample of the street drug being tested and dissolve it in water. The test strip is then dipped into the water and within a few minutes it will give the result. Colored lines will appear on the strip indicating a positive result (one line) or negative result (two lines).
The test has some important limitations – fentanyl strips only test for fentanyl and benzodiazepine strips only test for benzodiazepines within the sample provided. Although the sample may be negative, the tested drug may still be present in the remainder of the drug batch. Strips may occasionally report a negative result when the drug tested for, or an analogue is present. It is important that other precautions are taken, even if your drug checking result is negative.
Avoid mixing drugs or be cautious if you do mix drugs.
Mixing drugs with other drugs or with alcohol can increase the likelihood of an accidental overdose. Some drug combinations are more deadly than others.
The street drug supply is becoming more and more toxic. Treat each dose of drugs like there may be something unexpected in it, even if you have received negative drug checking results. Street drugs, even those packaged like prescription drugs, can be contaminated with other substances.
Start with a small amount and go slowly.
If you have not used drugs for a while or you are feeling unwell, use a smaller amount than usual because your body may have lower tolerance than you think.
If you think someone is overdosing, call 911. Naloxone is only a temporary solution and will not work on all overdoses. The person overdosing will need medical attention and every minute counts.
The federal Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act (effective May 4, 2017) provides some legal protection for individuals who seek emergency help during an overdose or who witness an overdose.
Protect yourself from HIV, Hepatitis C and other infectious diseases: use new, clean supplies each time you use drugs, and do not share supplies with other people. Get more information on Harm Reduction Programs and services in your area.
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