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Moore, Kieran Michael; Papadomanolakis-Pakis, Nicholas; Hansen-Taugher, Adrienne; Guan, Tianxiu H.; Schwartz, Brian; Stewart, Paula; Leece, Pamela; Bochenek, Richard (2017)
Publisher: BioMed Central
Journal: BMC Proceedings
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: Emergency preparedness, Incident management, Mass opioid overdose, Proceedings, Surveillance, Overdose surge response, Mass-casualty, Public health, Opioids, Harm reduction
Given the steady rise of overdose morbidity and mortality in North America, and increasing frequency of sudden clusters of non-fatal and fatal overdoses in other jurisdictions, regional preparedness plans to respond effectively to clusters of overdoses may reduce the impact of such events on the population. On the 27th of February 2017 in Kingston, Ontario, KFL&A Public Health, in collaboration with public health partners, hosted a full-day workshop involving table-top exercises and discussions for service partners on how to prepare for, respond to, and manage a mass-casualty event secondary to opioid overdose in Southeastern Ontario. The workshop assisted in identifying the various challenges faced by service partners, provided an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of partner agencies, and helped to determine next steps in preparation to address a mass opioid overdose situation at the local level. This report suggests key roles and responsibilities of partners involved in responding to a mass-casualty event secondary to opioid overdose, recommendations to address the feedback and challenges raised throughout the workshop, and a protocol to help determine when to activate an Incident Management System (IMS). Electronic supplementary material The online version of this article (doi:10.1186/s12919-017-0076-7) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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