Naloxone, also referred to as Narcan, is now a household name in British Columbia over the last two years. The development in fentanyl and carfentanyl overdoses has attracted this tragic crisis into the forefront of their media. On the shore, a lot of us probably thought we would be spared, but it’s attained our streets and houses, too. Naloxone can reestablish breathing during an opioid overdose and decrease deaths, brain damage and other injury because of oxygen deprivation through an overdose.
There is no simple solution for this crisis. There’s something every community member can do though, to take action. Naloxone practices are open and free to everybody. With every trained person, we are just one step closer to saving a life when a different overdose happens.
Naloxone is simple to use and safe to administer. There are virtually no risks to giving it to a patient who is suspected of overdosing. Training sessions cover the symptoms and signs to watch for, procedures to open vials, the way to draw and prepare the dose to the needle, and also how to inject the needle. Needles are designed to escape in the plastic case once injected so there’s no risk of needle pricks after the dose was given. Class participants will even get to practise giving doses into a practice prop.
“The session lasted approximately one hour and the feedback from the participants was very positive”, Baker said.
Community members with Naloxone training greatly assist first responders and paramedics.
“These are time sensitive matters that require quick thinking and action. The faster treatment can begin, the better the chances are of survival,” Baker said. “Whether we are involved, or are witness to an overdose, this is going to be an experience that may change your life and the best way to prepare for that is to have the knowledge to make a difference and to do so safely.”
BC Emergency Health Services, Island Health, Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice and the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council have been working together “to identify any gaps in service and create a strategic plan to carry out public training sessions for the various communities on the coast,” according to Baker.
“Currently the working group is in the process of identifying appropriate times and locations for upcoming workshops in a number of other communities on the coast.”
Anyone interested in participating in Naloxone training should talk to their area health nurse for forthcoming courses or one-on-one sessions as time permits. Many Indigenous communities also have classes running. Contact the regional public health administrator for more information at: 250-725-4020.
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