St. John Ambulance will be hosting Opioid Poisoning Response Training at the Danny Cleary Harbour Grace Community Centre on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, from 7 – 9 p.m.
Opioid poisonings are on the rise across Canada, and more communities are impacted by the crisis every day. The need for support is growing – especially in communities that are underserved by existing services.
Many communities experience high rates of opioid use, but lack the support needed to manage and prevent poisonings. Community members may struggle to access education or health services, including access to life saving resources, such as nasal naloxone.
Naloxone is a medicine that rapidly reverses the effects of opioids on the brain. It is an important tool that can save the life of someone experiencing an opioid poisoning.
St. John Ambulance aims to support these communities that experience barriers by providing training and nasal naloxone kits. Community members are invited to attend a group training where they learn about opioid use, poisonings, and how to use naloxone. After the training, each participant will receive 1 to 2 kits of nasal naloxone. They can use this naloxone if there is an opioid poisoning in their home, workplace, or any other setting.
The course is divided into four modules:
• Harm Reduction
• How to respond to an opioid poisoning
• How to administer nasal Naloxone
• Self-Care after a Traumatic Event
The session is capped at 18 participants.
Please contact Heather McCarthy at [email protected] to register for this session.
Facilitator for these sessions will be Heather McCarthy.
This program was funded by a contribution from Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP). The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.