As we learned in our Rapid Assessment of community –based programs’ needs for capacity building in the face of the overdose crisis, organizational staff and volunteers doing overdose related care and support don’t necessarily have a background in substance use education. This motivated us to develop our Drug Use and Overdose Response Resource page, upcoming webinars, and continue in building partnerships within the community to bring more capacity building opportunities to PAN members.
We’re happy to report we’ve learned of a self-paced online course to help those working the frontline in response to overdoses. It is accessible through the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) Learning Hub. There is no cost for this training.
According to material we received, the course is a rapid overview by local Vancouver experts on understanding the pathophysiology of addiction, treatment of addiction, treatment of opioid overdose, management of sudden death, and self care when working with the addicted population.
Components of the course include:
1. Overview of addiction and harm reduction
2. Occupational stress and the Opioid Crisis
3. Moments to Milestones: Engaging with people who use substances
4. Update on the treatment of opioid overdoses
5. Help starts here: sudden death after care
The target audience is any paramedic or dispatcher responding to calls related to the opioid crisis, but it is open to all, and including other first responders in the opioid crisis.
Drug Use and Overdose Response Resources
Report: Canadian Drug Policy, Supervised Consumption Sites & Provincial Response to the Public Health Crisis of Overdose Deaths
Report: Responding the Overdose Crisis in British Columbia: A Rapid Assessment of Frontline and Advocacy Organizations’ Capacity-and Skills-Building Needs
Questions? Feedback? Get in touch! Heather Holroyd, Community Based Research and Evaluation Coordinator [email protected]