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KCHC partners with Spectra Plasmonics for street ‘drug-checking’ pilot project

Kingston City Council has approved a contribution of $269,000 to a new drug-checking pilot project from Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC) The pilot project will see KCHC partner with local technology firm Spectra Plasmonics over 15 months, and submit a final report to Health Canada on their findings. The City

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Public Health: multiple drug-involved overdoses observed in recent weeks

Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health is once again warning residents of a toxic batch of drugs circulating in the area.  According to Tia Maatta, Public Health Promoter for KFL&A Public Health, they’ve seen multiple overdoses in the past several weeks. “We are convinced there is a heightened

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OPP release report on the impact opioids are having within the province

A report, released by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), highlights province-wide trends, statistics, and impacts of opiods in OPP policed communities The 2019 Opioids and Overdoses: Impacts and Strategies report contains information outlining opioid seizures, overdoses and relevant strategies as well as a progress report on previous priorities, according to

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KFL&A Public Health warns of increase in opioid overdoses

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health has issued a warning following an increase in opioid overdoses in Kingston this week observed both in 9-1-1 calls and in emergency room visits. An increase in overdoses has also been observed through provincial monitoring systems. “Other communities in Ontario have reported

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Youth Diversion receives $17k grant toward addiction workshops for elementary students

While the Bell Let’s Talk campaign undoubtedly raises mental health awareness across the country, here in Kingston, it’s also helping to raise awareness about addiction, thanks to a recently announced grant. Every year, Bell donates funds to Canadian mental health programs based on the results of Bell Let’s Talk Day.

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Opioid-related deaths up 48 per cent and other key findings from 2018 Vital Signs

Every year, the Community Foundation for Kingston and area publishes ‘Vital Signs,’ a report card on the health and well-being of the population. This year marks a decade since the first Vital Signs report was published, allowing the Community Foundation to reflect on some of the areas critical to well-being

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Good Samaritan Policy would improve student safety

Written by Aaron Bailey In response to the worsening opioid overdose crisis, medical professionals and community activists have recommended addressing substance use, misuse and abuse as health issues through the adoption of a harm reduction approach. Calls for supervised consumption facilities, medication assisted treatment programs, and the decriminalization of drug

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