VANCOUVER (News 1130) – Standard first aid training courses across Canada will now include how to respond to an overdose.
Thanks to nearly $8 million in funding from the Substance Use and Addiction Program, the Canadian Red Cross and St. John’s Ambulance will collaborate to add opioid poisoning education to their curriculum.
Instructor Andrew Johnson says the goal is to reach remote, underserved and indigenous communities.
“For the next three years, we’re hoping to train 1.5 million people on how to recognize opioid emergencies, and how to respond to opioid emergencies and, in turn, save lives in those emergencies. will be able to.”
During the course, people will learn to recognize opioid emergencies, how to treat them, and make people feel more comfortable reacting to those situations.
More than 21,000 people died from toxic drugs across Canada from 2016 to 2020 – 97 percent by accident.
Deaths related to the supply of toxic drugs have only worsened during the pandemic, which is why Johnson says training is in high demand.
“We are getting requests for this from our audience, so we know there is a demand, there is a need for the audience of our course. So it is a huge opportunity for the Red Cross and all of our training partners, to be able to offer this in all our courses across Canada.