Learn to save a friend

In under five minutes, you can become equipped to save the life of someone suffering from an opioid overdose. By administering a fast-acting drug called naloxone, the life-threatening side effects of an overdose can be temporarily reversed.

Community paramedics, the RCMP and community nurses will be on hand at each naloxonetraining event to teach the public how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an overdose, and to answer questions. The events also include a short presentation on harm reduction, and a personal story by a Moms Stop the Harm representative.

The number of illicit drug overdose deaths in BC equates to almost 3 deaths per day, with the Okanagan being one of the five areas in BC with the highest rates of overdose deaths.

“Learning to administer naloxone is effective and relatively simple,” says Todd Kunz, a community paramedic in Osoyoos. “Essentially, injecting naloxone reverses the effects of an overdose, which has caused a person’s breathing to slow or stop.”

Events scheduled for:

Osoyoos Monday, May 6th, 6-8pm, Sonora Community Centre (8505 68 Ave., Osoyoos)

Keremeos Tuesday, May 7th, 6-8pm, Victory Hall (427 Crowsnest Hwy, Keremeos)

Oliver Thursday, May 9th, 6-8pm, Oliver Senior Centre (5876 Airport St., Oliver)

 

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2 Responses to Learn to save a friend

  1. Joanne Ruhland says:

    “LOCAL FACES BEHIND OUR OPIOID CRISIS DISCUSSION”

    2018:
    -30 deaths in Interior Health Region
    -1500 deaths in B.C.

    Local Community Paramedic Todd Kunz leads a public presentation & discussion in Oliver on Thursday at 6:00pm at the Senior Centre. Open to everyone in the community. If you’ve read this far & think it does not concern you, please think again.

    Presentations to be given by Interior Health workers & paramedics plus a local mom from Moms Stop The Harm (MSTH) – representing moms across Canada who have lost a child from drug addiction disease. Discussions to follow along with Naloxone training.

    If over 1500 alcoholics died in one year in B.C. from fentanyl laced alcohol, how would you react? What would you do to keep your loved ones safe?
    Your child? Your spouse? Your parent?
    Education for prevention & treatment of addiction diseases has to be addressed in every community. In every school. In every household.
    “It won’t happen to someone I love” …. is no longer an option.
    10,300 fatalities across Canada in the past 3 years tells a different story!

    Please come to the Oliver Senior Centre Thursday night to find out more information on the opioid crisis in our community.

  2. Joyce Bunge says:

    Harm reduction- such an important and necessary policy now , and carrying and learning to use Naloxone is as easy as learning to use CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver . Thanks for this chance.

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