At Nine Circles Community Health Centre, harm reduction is a big part of the work we do. We believe in offering a non-judgmental space for people to access safer drug use supplies. Part of this harm reduction model is offering free take-home naloxone kits and training.
Nine Circles will be offering a free group training to anyone who wants to learn how to administer Naloxone on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at 1 p.m. at 705 Broadway. The training will help people be able to recognize an overdose and know how to respond, which can save a person’s life.
Free take-home naloxone kits will be given to participants who:
- Use any illicit opioid
- Use any drug that could be cut with opioids (powdered cocaine, crystal meth, illegally manufactured tablets or blotter drugs)
- Intend to or probably will use illicit opioids in the near future
What is naloxone?
Naloxone is a medication that quickly reverses the effects of an overdose from opioids. It is often given as an injection into a muscle. Naloxone does not work on drugs that are not opioids.
Common opioids include heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, codeine, morphine, methadone, and hydromorphone. Opioids are a type of depressant that can slow the body down and make people sleepy. They may be prescribed or used illegally to reduce pain, manage opioid dependence or produce a state of euphoria/relaxation.
We encourage people who may be at risk of overdose to attend the training with their partner, friend or family member so that they are also informed about how to react to opioid overdose. Participants who do not meet our free kit criteria can purchase a take-home naloxone kit from a local pharmacy.