If you are in crisis, please call the Crisis Intervention Centre at 613-969-7400 ext. 12753, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The 9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Helpline is also a 24/7 support service. Call or text 9-8-8.

For access to addictions and mental health support, connect to AccessMHA Regional Coordinated Access to make an online referral.

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Overdose is preventable: know the signs

In recent weeks, our community has experienced an increased rate of drug poisoning as a result of the contaminated drug supply. With more than 3,600 drug-related deaths in Ontario in 2023, this important issue extends beyond our city borders to many across the province. To combat this crisis, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Hastings Prince Edward (CMHA HPE) is sharing the signs of overdose and resources available to reduce the risk of drug-related death.

An overdose is a toxic amount of one or more substances that stop the body from working properly.

Signs of opioid overdose include:

Those consuming substances can reduce the risk by:

CMHA Ontario has developed a free, easy-to-understand resource to help identify the signs of an opioid overdose and how to deliver life-saving naloxone.

The use of unregulated street drug supply increases risk as these substances are highly toxic with potent opioids that cause accidental fatal overdoses. CMHA supports safer opioid supply approaches in Ontario. Learn more about safer supply here. If you or someone you care about wants help with changing their drug use, help is available. Contact CMHA HPE or call ConnexOntario at 1-866-531-2600.

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