Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016
Drug users get
life-saving overdose training
Karen Ward, VANDU
Demonstrators are watched
by mounted cops in Vancouver.
partnership with the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health,
the Vancouver Are Network of Drug Users is holding an all-day opiate
overdose response training on Wednesday, November 9, from 11am–4pm
at 501 Powell St.
Naloxone: Live On, is designed to provide education, hands-on
training and practice, and kits containing Naloxone (a medical
opiate antagonist). Participants will learn how to recognize an
overdose, how to administer CPR, and how to administer Naloxone.
users, their friends and family members will learn how to save
lives. “I never thought I would feel good about sticking a needle
into someone’s arm,” says Laura Shaver, President of VANDU.
“Everybody needs to be trained and have access to Naloxone.”
“We’re doing this because peers demanded it. The ministry and the
powers that be only called an emergency because we demanded it,”
says Shaver. “It’s like it’s OK that these people arevdying at an
“We’re saving the lives of our friends and family. No one is
expendable, it doesn't matter if you’re a junkie or a tie-wearer.
This is everyone’s problem.”
This initiative is part of a grassroots response to the overdose
crisis, which was declared a public health emergency in April. Over
500 British Columbians have died due to an overdose this year, an
alarming increase. Each one of these deaths is preventable.
Location: 501 Powell Street
Time: 11am – 4pm
Training and education will be provided by VANDU’s expert peers and
VCH nurses. Naloxone: Live On! Will be held at the site of the DTES
Street Market, 501 Powell St., from 11-4. Visit the VANDU office at
380 E Hastings Street to sign up, starting at 10am. Everyone is
welcome, to a limit of 200.
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