A new health unit to serve our communities better – We are working to update the information on this page to reflect our new organization as Southwestern Public Health. Currently this information reflects Elgin St. Thomas area only. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For information about Oxford County area programs and services, please call 1-800-922-0096 or visit:



Naloxone is a life saving, fast acting drug that can be given through injection or nasal spray that can temporarily counteract the life-threatening effects of an opioid overdose. 

When someone overdoses on opioids, their breathing either slows or stops completely. If used the right away, naloxone can help a person suffering from overdose breathe normally and regain consciousness. Naloxone can either be injected or given as a nasal spray.

People in Elgin County are at risk related to opioid overdose and yes, people in our community have died from overdose.  It’s happening here. As a result, Ontario’s Naloxone Program is now being offered at Elgin St. Thomas Public Health.

Clients (and their family members and friends) who are at risk of overdose from opioid use will now be able to access FREE Narcan (also known as Naloxone) nasal spray kits as a branch of our Needle Exchange Program.  We know, together with your help, that we can save lives by providing access to this lifesaving medication and intervention training.

Clients do not need a health card in order to receive Naloxone nasal spray at Elgin St. Thomas Public Health

*Naloxone is also available at some local pharmacies however a health card is needed to receive it from those facilities*

Picture of Naloxone Kit and its contents.

More information on Narcan can be found at

Familiarize yourself on Naloxone, information on opioid overdose and where naloxone is offered at

Review Opioid-related morbidity and mortality in Ontario at:


Find a Naloxone Distributor and Sharps Disposal location near you:

Elgin Naloxone Distribution and Sharps Disposal Locations


Is your community group, school or organization interested in learning more about Elgin St. Thomas’ Opioid Strategy?

Please complete a Presentation Request Form and someone from ESTPH will contact you.

Last Updated: June 23, 2017