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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Local Opiod Hotline Launches

Owen Sound | by Vanessa Culbert  

Owen Sound man wants to educate youth about opiod risks, provide support

An Owen Sound man is hoping to educate the younger generation about Opioid use and assist those in need to get help.

Matt McCoy has started up " The Addicts Attics Outreach" Facebook page and wants to try educate kids in either a school or group setting about the consequences of opioids.

McCoy feels schools have stopped prevention as a whole.

McCoy's mission to get the education really started after the death of Andrew, a 16 year old from the area who passed away from an overdose shortly before Christmas.

Andrew's mother is also helping McCoy in this fight against opioids.

McCoy says he now has a hotline set up to help those wanting to get clean.

He says sometimes users are scared to call 911 when overdosing because police could become involved.

His hotline will not get 911 involved unless someone is seriously injured.

He is in the process of helping a man in Penetanguishene get help, who he says is on his "last chance".

McCoy will personally drive these people to a treatment centre.

McCoy says he is dead set against sending people from Owen Sound to the drug detox centre here for the 7 day detox process.

He says it has nothing to do with the centre, but it is way better to have an addict leave their town during that critical time.

McCoy would also like to see naloxone kits put in schools.

If members of the general public are willing to get the training and use the naloxone kit, McCoy encourages those to get one.

The hotline number is 519-492-0986 [email protected]

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