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CANADIAN RED CROSS: Opioid Harm Reduction (OHR) Training

Description: This informational fact-based training session provides the skills needed to recognize and respond to opioid poisoning. Includes practical hands-on training in the use of Naloxone ("Narcan").

- Become knowledgeable and confident in how to respond to an opioid poisoning emergency.

- Learn about opioids and how they affect the body, how naloxone works and how to administer naloxone.

- Explore risk factors of opioid poisoning, ways to reduce the influence of stigma, and gain strategies for self-care.

*Receive a free nasal naloxone kit upon completion of the course.

*Course suitable for any workplace including volunteer-based organizations or general interest.


- Intro to Opioids (Discussion)

- Types of drugs "Uppers" vs. "Downers" (Oral, Injecting, Snorting & Inhaling)

- Myth busting: "What have you heard?"

- Intro to Naloxone - Narcan (Commercial Branded Name) vs. Naloxone (Name of the medication)

- First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies

- Opioid Poisoning - Signs & Symptoms

- Review: "Myth Busting" - Debunked (open-ended discussion) - Is Naloxone a miracle cure? Does it work on all drugs? What is the difference between opioids and non-opioids? How does Naloxone work?

- CPR & AED Review *(Use case scenarios)

- Psychological First Aid (PFA) - "Self-Care": What one can do after an opioid poisoning event (Preparing: Before, during and after)

Demo & Discuss - How to administer Naloxone:

- Ampoule / Vile - Injection / Nasal Atomizer

- Post Naloxone use - Discussion

Completion Requirements: 100% attendance, skills demonstration

Who is this course for?:

Anyone 16 years of age and older who wants to learn first aid skills and knowledge to prevent, recognize and respond to an opioid poisoning emergency.

Duration: Approximately 1-1.5 Hours

Re-training: Recommended every 2-3 years

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