The PHU and Timmins Police Service are issuing an alert regarding the potentially lethal opioid fentanyl. A drug comprised of heroin and fentanyl was found among the drugs in recent seizure in the Timmins area. The drug has been seized in other communities across the province, but this marks the first time officers from the Timmins Police Service have come into contact with the drug.
This is an important public safety reminder that street drugs continue to be mixed with substances such as fentanyl. This drug is highly toxic and extremely dangerous. Fentanyl can be fatal in very small doses, as small as 4 grains of salt. It is 100 times more toxic than morphine and cannot be detected by sight, smell or taste.
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There is currently a shortage of the yellow fever vaccine in Canada.
Travellers should contact the Porcupine Health Unit well in advance to inquire about whether or not Yellow Fever vaccine is required. The Porcupine Health Unit will then be able to advise you on your options including possibly travelling out of town to receive the Yellow Fever vaccine.
Visit the Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry website to “Brush Up on the Facts” on how to keep your kids teeth healthy! If you have children 17 and under, they may be eligible for free dental care.
Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help. Often these opportunities are missed, dismissed or avoided leaving people more alone and at greater risk. safeTALK training prepares you to help by using TALK to identify and engage people with thoughts of suicide and to connect them with further help and care.
Radon is a radioactive gas found naturally in the environment. It is produced by the decay of uranium found in soil, rock or water. Radon is invisible, odourless and tasteless and emits ionizing radiation. As a gas, radon can move freely through the soil enabling it to escape to the atmosphere or seep into buildings.
If you’re an older adult, you could be at risk for experiencing a fall. In Canada, 1 out of 3 adults over the age of 65 had a fall in the past year. Falls are dangerous and are responsible for the majority of serious injuries and loss of independence in older adults.
How to obtain a copy of your immunization record.
Are you expecting a baby and would like more information on breastfeeding? Are you currently breastfeeding and would like to have your breastfeeding assessed by a nurse specially trained in breastfeeding support? Call us today! Let's talk about your breastfeeding experience.
We have a confidential, easily accessible sexual health clinic. Our nurses and physicians provide a variety of sexual health services and most are available through our daily walk-in clinics. Some services will require an appointment.