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Government of Canada supports opioid overdose response training in B.C. and Yukon

Initiative will train first aid attendants to administer naloxone and artificial respiration

KAMLOOPS, BC, July 18, 2019 /CNW/ - The opioid overdose crisis continues to have a devastating effect on individuals, families and communities across the country, taking the life of a Canadian every two hours. The Government of Canada is taking a compassionate, comprehensive, collaborative and evidence-based approach to address the opioid crisis. This includes ensuring the widespread availability of naloxone and opioid overdose response training to help reduce opioid-related overdoses and deaths in Canadian workplaces and communities.

Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced more than $400,000 in funding for opioid overdose response training delivered by the St. John Ambulance of British Columbia and Yukon Council. The Opioid Overdose Response Training ? Occupational First Aid project will:

The project will also help to reduce stigma around opioid-related overdoses through education on opioids and the current crisis. It will empower communities to take actions to address the crisis at the local level.


"Being prepared to respond to an opioid-related overdose situation at work or in a community setting could save the life of a colleague, friend or family member. Knowing the signs of an overdose and how to use naloxone is a skill I encourage all Canadians to learn. The opioid crisis is one of the most serious public health issues facing Canada. The more people who are trained to save a life, the greater the chance we can reverse the trends of this crisis."
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health

"St. John Ambulance's opioid response began with our volunteer medical first responders attending to BC communities hardest hit by the crisis and reversing 141 opioid overdoses over a 24-month period. We piloted public training and taught nearly 5,000 people how to reverse an opioid overdose. Now with this funding announced today, we will incorporate opioid awareness and naloxone training into occupational first aid courses taught in BC and Yukon ? teaching tens of thousands of people each year how to respond to a suspected opioid overdose in the workplace or the broader community. This training will save lives."
Karen MacPherson
CEO, St. John Ambulance of British Columbia and Yukon Council

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SOURCE Health Canada

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