Attendees of the Uptown Rutland Business Association’s (URBA) June After Hours event became more prepared to help combat the provincial Opioid Overdose Crisis.
For the first time at the event, free Naloxone training was offered by hosts at The Bridge Youth & Family Services with approximately half of the 85 attendees taking part in the brief hands-on training session and leaving with their own Naloxone kit.
Quite the soirée last night. And in true Bridge fashion: 40 of our uptown Rutland business neighbours are now Naloxone trained! (And one very lucky man went home with free Tribute for Teens concert tickets – ABBA and Fleetwood Mac in October. They’re selling fast – ) https://t.co/EhShpfTjy4
— Celine Thompson (@thebridgeed) June 6, 2019
The Bridge’s URBA guests learned how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and received hands-on practice of how to properly use Naloxone while awaiting emergency responders, practicing on the evening’s patients: navel oranges.
“If I can do it, anybody can,” one attendee said.
“I’m terrified of needles but I was able to do it,” echoed another.
Feedback about including Naloxone training at the event was incredibly positive. Several people made a point of taking to social media in support and URBA has received requests by people unable to attend to participate in future training and pick up their own Naloxone kits.
Over 110,000 Naloxone kits have been distributed at over 1,400 participating sites, including The Bridge, through the BC Take Home Naloxone program since 2012.
The Bridge hosts free monthly Naloxone training sessions, the next one is on June 13th at 12 p.m. Click here to reserve your spot.