Construction workers learn to save lives at opioid awareness workshops

November 27, 2017

Vancouver Island - Members of the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) are being offered opioid awareness training as part of an initiative to help stem the tide of opioid overdose deaths.

Island Health is teaming up with VICA to help tradespeople understand who is at risk, what kinds of illicit drugs are most likely to be tainted with opioids, why using alone is especially dangerous and what an opioid overdose looks like. Participants are also offered Naloxone training and take-home Naloxone kits to help save lives in the opioid crisis.

The B.C. Coroners Service reported over 1,100 drug overdose deaths so far this year, 175 of which were in the Island Health region. Men are at greatest risk, accounting for 83% of overdose deaths, and 75% of overdose deaths occur in people aged 30-59. These numbers suggest that those working in predominately male occupations — such as construction, forestry and fisheries — will benefit from learning more about overdose prevention.

WHEN:  Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 10:00-10:30 a.m. Media are not able to sit in on the workshop.
WHERE:  VICA Nanaimo, #5-1850 Northfield Road


  • Dr. Paul Hasselback, Medical Health Officer, Island Health
  • Rory Kulmala, CEO, Vancouver Island Construction Association


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