The University of the Fraser Valley is offering a harm reduction initiative with provisions of naloxone training as well as take-home naloxone (THN) kits . This initiative’s training in Naloxone use will happen in Abbotsford and Chilliwack.
The Opioid and Naloxone Awareness Day event will take place on March 5. The University of the Fraser Valley Project is a student-driven Project grounded in harm reduction philosophy and practice.
This is becoming an increasing phenomenon throughout the country. The event will include interactive educational booths. UFV Social Work students will help with the event. One of their social work students, Amanda Ellsworth, considers this the most important time in order to equip and educate undergraduate peers.
“Students are coming out of high schools, or from international schools,” Ellsworth explained, “who have never been trained on recognizing the signs of an opioid overdose. If they see one happening, and have a naloxone kit with training, we might save lives.”
There has been prior naloxone training on campus through the UFV Peer Resource and Leadership Centre in addition to guidance from Bethany Jeal who is a UFV Nursing faculty member. Jeal hopes this event will provide training and reduce stigma as well.
The general public is allowed to attend, but the emphasis is on university of the Fraser Valley faculty, staff, and students. Preference is for RSVPs. However, people that want to drop in can do so as well. RSVPs will simply amount to a courtesy. The naloxone training will happen with trained UFV nursing students.
Event information here:
“Monday, March 5 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in B121 on the Abbotsford campus, 11:30 a.m. in A0014 on the Chilliwack Canada Education Park campus, and 1:30 p.m. in Room 1001 on the Chilliwack Trades and Technology campus.”
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If you would like to contact the PRLC coordinator, please send an email here:
The Chilliwack Progress. (2018, March 2). UFV harm reduction initiative offers free Naloxone training and kits. Retrieved from https://www.theprogress.com/news/ufv-harm-reduction-initiative-offers-free-naloxone-training-and-kits/.
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