Windsor Regional Hospital To Offer Fentanyl Test Strips

Friday September 23rd, 2022

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Windsor Regional Hospital is now offering fentanyl test kits to patients before they are discharged from the Emergency Department or Mental Health Assessment Unit. Test strips and detailed instructions will be made available to any patient suspected or confirmed to be a drug user. The test strips will be distributed in a kit that also includes the life-saving drug naloxone used to combat overdoses.

“With an increase in both opioid use and opioid overdoses in the community, WRH is taking a multi-prong approach that includes addiction treatment engagement, education, and harm reduction by way of the fentanyl test kit,” explains Vice President of Emergency and Mental Health Jonathan Foster. “By using these kits, the client is at least made aware of a contaminated product and could choose not to use, therefore, preventing potential overdose.”

In 2021, Windsor Regional Hospital saw 573 emergency visits specifically involving fentanyl – including 346 overdoses. So far in 2022 (January 1 to September 15), the number of visits has hit nearly 300.

Those looking to get treatment for substance use are encouraged to visit connexontario.ca or to call 1-866-531-2600 to connect with local resources. For more information on the Windsor-Essex Community Opioid and Substance Strategy and local efforts in place to combat rising rates of substance use and overdose visit wecoss.ca.

If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health or substance-related crisis, call the local crisis line at 519-973-4435, contact 911, or go to the closest hospital emergency department.

More information about the fentanyl test kits can be found HERE.

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