Bring your lunch and join us for for this noon-hour workshop in Nanaimo!
Recent data from the BC Coroner’s Office identifies that 80% of overdose deaths are men, and 75% of overdose deaths are occuring in people aged 30-59. This means that construction industry workers may be demographically vulnerable to opioid overdose.
VICA is partnering with Island Health to offer workshops that raise awareness about the opioid epidemic, while sharing information about how to identify and respond to an overdose. Proceeds will be donated to help support those in our industry who are struggling with addiction through VICA’s charity fund – Construction Foundation of BC.
What participants will take away from the one-hour workshop:
- Gain a general overview of the current opioid crisis
- Learn about local and provincial developments
- Understand who is at risk
- Know what an opioid overdose looks like
- Know how to respond to an opioid overdose
Optional Naloxone Training: After the workshop, naloxone training and personal naloxone kits will be provided to those who are interested.
Griffin Russell, Regional Harm Reduction Coordinator – Island Health
Griffin has his MA in Public Health and Social Policy from the University of Victoria and works for Island Health as a Regional Harm Reduction Coordinator. His previous experience includes positions at the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society and YMCA Victoria working with at-risk young people.