Wednesday August 19, 2020

With emergency financial assistance from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, Peterborough AIDS Resource Network (PARN) was able to provide harm reduction supplies and grocery cards to drug users through a mobile outreach van that stops at points across the City.

“[A] service user came to the Harm Reduction truck on King Street and shared that they were encouraged to take a naloxone kit and that one day later, they overdosed while using cocaine,” reports a PARN worker. “They did not know that their drug had fentanyl in it. The kit they were given was used to save their life. This person thanked PARN for educating them on Naloxone and reflected that if it weren’t for that education piece, they would not be alive today.”

This is a good news story, but more needs to be done.

The COVID-19 Community Response Fund supports ongoing recovery needs as charities and vulnerable residents continue to adapt and recover from the effects of the pandemic.

Please give generously – we are stronger together.