Across Canada people are dying from opioid drug overdose. Opioids are primarily used to relieve pain. Examples of opioids include oxycodone, morphine, fentanyl, heroin, codeine, etc. These drugs can be highly addictive and are frequently abused. As a result people across the country are overdosing. This is why the Federal Government has created the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act and each Province is starting their own Naloxone programs.
In Ontario, Naloxone is available for free at participating pharmacies across the province.
What is Naloxone?
Naloxone is a medication that is designed to reverse the signs of an opioid overdose by blocking the effects of the opioids in the brain. There are two types of medication delivery methods available for the public for Naloxone (injectable or nasal spray). Naloxone reverses the effects of opioids including heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, methadone, morphine, codeine, oxycodone, and many others. Naloxone can take between 2 – 5 minutes to work, can last in the body for up to 2 hours and cause withdrawal symptoms.
Why Get Naloxone Information Training?
Naloxone can be easily administered and is the most effective way to reverse an opioid overdose. Getting trained, understanding how the medication works, how to manage an overdose emergency, can give you the skills to save someone’s life. Pulse First Aid can train you on how to deal with an overdose emergency so that you feel more comfortable helping in this type of situation.
What to expect from training
Pulse First Aid will cover the following in their training course:
- What is an overdose
- Canadian laws that apply to overdoses
- How to recognize an overdose (signs and symptoms)
- How to treat an overdose and handle this specific emergency situation
- What is Naloxone and the two delivery methods (nasal and injectable)
- How Naloxone fits in with your current first aid and CPR training protocols
Please note: We do not provide the Naloxone kits. These can be found at a local pharmacy here in Ottawa.