In April 2016, British Columbia’s Public Health Officer declared a public health emergency due to the significant increases in drug-related overdoses and deaths. The BC Coroner confirms fentanyl has been detected in the majority of illicit drug overdose deaths.
Administering Naloxone is a form of first aid in situations involving opioid overdose – we encourage all members of our community to be ready to administer this life-saving medication. Evidence shows that with appropriate training, members of the public (such as friends and family of opioid users) can recognize and respond to opioid overdoses. Waiting for response of Emergency Medical Services can have potentially fatal consequences.
As this crisis continues to ravage our community, we are supporting efforts to raise awareness, combat stigma and decrease deaths. We have launched a campaign to develop a local Youth Recovery House to provide early intervention to young people as an approach to stem the tide of deaths related to overdose.
Online Naloxone Training is available to all at www.TowardTheHeart.com and kits can be picked up from The Bridge’s Adult Withdrawal Management site located at 760 Hwy 33 W or our main office at #8-2604 Enterprise Way.