A naloxone kit photographed on Sept. 18, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

A naloxone kit photographed on Sept. 18, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Second overdose prevention workshop planned for Cumberland

Due to the popular demand arising from a similar workshop in May, the Village of Cumberland has once again partnered with AVI Health and Community Services to offer a second free overdose prevention workshop on June 15.

The free workshop will cover topics such as how to recognize an overdose (both opioid and stimulant), proper disposal of sharps and hands-on naloxone training, the most effective way to save a life in the case of an opioid overdose. All participants will learn the broad strokes of harm reduction principles and will receive a free naloxone kit for their home or workplace. The workshop will also feature a brief presentation by David Clarke, who draws from his lived experience with addiction when speaking about the toxic drug crisis.

British Columbia accounts for one-third of Canada’s opioid overdoses. In the first two months of 2021 alone, more than 300 people died from a drug overdose or drug toxicity in BC.

The overdose prevention workshop is being held at the Cumberland Cultural Centre on Tuesday, June 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. Though the workshop is free, participants must register in advance with Cumberland Recreation at Cumberland.ca/recprograms or by calling 250-336-2231.

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