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