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City and partners host Naloxone and overdose response training event

November 8 2016

“Vancouver supports community training and use of Naloxone as one of many critical harm reduction and addictions treatment tools,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Naloxone kit

We are hosting a Naloxone and overdose response public training event in response to the current public health crisis related to rising rates of overdose deaths across the province in partnership with the:

  • Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU)
  • Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), the BC Centre for Disease Control Harm Reduction Program
  • Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction society (WAHRS) 
  • DTES Market

Training event November 9

The training teaches individuals who may witness an overdose how to respond and provide a potentially life-saving intervention by using Naloxone kits before paramedics arrive. Naloxone is a medication that reverses the effects of an overdose from opioid drugs. 

​The event is open to people who use drugs and are at risk of overdose as well as their family members. Priority will be given to drug users.

  • When: Wednesday, November 9, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Where: 501 Powell Street, Community Economic Development Hub

Register before 10:00 am

You must register at VANDU’s office, 380 East Hastings before 10:00 am on November 9.

Harm reduction

“Vancouver supports community training and use of Naloxone as one of many critical harm reduction and addictions treatment tools,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “One overdose death is too many. Equipping drug users, their friends and families with skills using Naloxone kits can help save lives in the event of a drug overdose before first responders arrive on scene."

110 people have died in Vancouver, up to the end of September, as British Columbia continues to tackle the public health crisis prompted by a significant increase in drug-related deaths and overdoses. Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, was found in 61% of overdose deaths in the province this year.

Take home Naloxone kit

Naloxone is available at most emergency departments and at 62 other sites across the region. Take home Naloxone kits are available to drug users free of charge and can be purchased at community pharmacies, without a prescription, by friends and family members of drug users.

Learn more about overdose prevention