New money to expand addiction services to rural Grey-Bruce

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Grey-Bruce Health services is receiving $382,500 in new funding from the province for mental health and addictions programs.

That includes:

-$115,000 for in-home/mobile withdrawal management services to expand rapid access to addiction medicine to outlying areas of Grey Bruce.

-$107,500 for rapid (48 hr) follow up post Emergency Department visits, in connection with that service

-$160,000 for Nurse Practitioners for Detox Services in the residential withdrawal service.

Naomi Vodden, director of mental health services at GBHS said “alcohol over-use is very high in Grey Bruce, and opioid addictions are on the rise in our area.”

She said the funding will allow more direct support to those struggling with both those issues. As well, the outreach will expand to include family doctors and emergency physicians so that patients get proper follow-up, she said.

Like many areas, Grey-Bruce has seen more accidental overdoses since March.

Most recently, on Tuesday Oct. 27, police, paramedic and fire departments responded in Wiarton to a person who had overdosed on what was suspected to be Fentanyl.

Naloxone, which can help restore breathing during an opioid overdose, was administered and revived the patient who was then taken to hospital by ambulance.

In mid-summer the health unit issued a warning that there had been multiple fatal overdoses in the previous five days “It is not only affecting the larger towns and cities, but virtually every small community, hamlet and village within our region,” the health unit said..

Significant danger comes with dangerous drug combinations including the presence of fentanyl or Carfentanil in other drugs such as cocaine.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald