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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.
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. Coloured lines will appear on the strip indicating a positive result (one line) or negative result (two lines).
The test has some important limitations:
It is important that other precautions are taken, even if your drug checking result is negative.
Drug checking strips are now available for pick-up at locations provincewide:
*Please call first to find out hours of availability*
|Beauval Health Centre||Lavoie St.||306-288-4800|
|Buffalo Narrows Health Centre||310 Davey St.||306-235-5800|
|Cumberland House||2nd Ave. PO Box 8||306-888-2244|
|Green Lake Health Centre||Box 29 Green Lake||306-832-6257|
|Ile a la Crosse|
|Ile a la Crosse Public Health||La Jeunesse Ave.||306-833-2016|
|Kamsack Hospital||341 Stewart St.||306-542-2635|
|La Loche Health Centre||Dene Rd.||306-822-8800|
|La Ronge Health Centre||227 Backlund St.||306-425-2422|
|Scattered Site Outreach, La Ronge||719B La Ronge Ave.||306-425-4990|
|Lloydminster Native Friendship Centre (once per week)||4602 49th Ave.||306-825-6558|
|Lloydminster Public Health||4910 50th St. #115||306-820-5997|
|Maidstone Health Complex||214 5th Ave.||306-893-2622|
|Meadow Lake Hospital ER||711 Centre St.||306-236-1500|
|Meadow Lake Primary Health Care Centre (once per week)||218 Centre St.||306-236-5661|
|Meadow Lake Public Health (2)||711 Centre St.||306-236-1570|
|Crescent View Clinic, Moose Jaw||131 1st Ave. NE.||306-691-2040|
|Nipawin Hospital||800 6th St. E.||306-862-6100|
|Battlefords Sexual Health Clinic||1192 101st St.||306-937-6846|
|North Battleford Public Health||11427 Railway Ave.||306-446-6400|
|Access Place - Sexual Health Clinic, Prince Albert||101 15th St. E.||306-765-6540|
|AIDS Programs South Sask., Regina||1325 Albert St.||306-924-8420|
|Nēwo Yōtina Friendship Center Regina||1635 11th Ave.||306-525-5042|
|Regina Sexual Health Clinic/Public Health (downtown)||2110 Hamilton St.||306-766-7788|
|Prairie Harm Reduction, Saskatoon||1516 20th St. W.||306-242-5005|
|Saskatoon Public Health – Idylwyld Centre||310 Idylwyld Dr. N #101||306-665-4620|
|Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) Health Center||1514 20th St. W.||306-956-0345|
|Swift Current Community Health (EI Wood building)||350 Cheadle St. W.||306-778-5280|
|Turning Point||345 Broadway St. W.||306-786-0637|
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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