The City of Courtenay and AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI) Health and Community Services have teamed up to offer free overdose prevention workshops this summer, covering topics such as how to recognize an overdose (both opioids and drugs). stimulants), proper disposal of sharp objects and hands. on naloxone training and the most effective way to save an opioid overdose life. All participants will learn the basics of harm reduction principles and receive a free Naloxone kit for their home or workplace.
The free workshop is open to all members of the public but pre-registration is required. Workshops are scheduled for Tuesday July 20 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. or Wednesday August 18 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Florence Filberg Center Rotary
The emergency public health overdose, declared in 2016, claimed the lives of nearly 7,000 British Columbians. 2020 was the worst year on record with an estimated 17,159 overdose events, up from 13,486 in 2019. The BC Center for Disease Control says illicit drug toxicity deaths in 2020 outpaced combined motor vehicle deaths, suicide and homicides.
Register online at courtnay.ca/reconline or call 250-338-5371 or 250-338-1000.
Courtenay overdose crisis