Students offer overdose prevention training in the region

Naloxone is available in Kelowna, West Kelowna, and Lake Country

Ariel Smith said overdose prevention training is not easily accessible in the region.

That’s why she started Okanagan Naloxone, which provides people training in recognizing an overdose and how to administer naloxone to reverse it.

“This was an effort to increase the reach of naloxone training and provide a hands-on experience so people are actually more comfortable with the materials. They get to play with the syringes and real water vials,” Smith said.

“Essentially, it’s to increase the public’s comfort level and availability of naloxone.”

Okanagan Naloxone’s sessions are free and private. The sessions are only about half an hour in length and can be done during a lunch break, according to Smith.

“We’ll pretty much meet people wherever they’re at in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country.”

Smith said they’ve given training to several businesses, as well as schools.

She said the goal is to be able to offer the training to bigger groups all over the Okanagan at least once every month.

Smith added it’s better if more people receive the training.

“It’s like hurt immunity. If everyone around you is protected, you’re protected. So if everyone has this training… the more people that are prepared, the more lives we can save.”

Lindsay Booth is a volunteer with Okanagan Naloxone and she said one of the most important things to understand is that there is no “typical” person who would need overdose prevention.

“We all have this image in our head of people using drugs on the street, and they’re the ones who need naloxone kits but the reality is it can happen to anyone,” Booth said.

“The biggest demographic for overdoses is people using alone in their homes… it’s important to reach all sorts of people, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

For more information on booking training sessions, visit their site.

READ MORE: Father calls for better drug recognition after 8-year-old overdoses at Kelowna school

READ MORE: B.C. opioid overdoses still killing four people a day, health officials say


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Kelowna man’s child porn collection ‘traversed the spectrum of depravity,’ court hears

Terry Krock was caught in possession of between 7,000 and 12,000 child porn files

City of Kelowna moving temporary shelter off Recreation Avenue

Sheltering space moving to 890 Baillie Avenue, expected to be completed this week

BC Green Party looking for Central Okanagan candidates

The party only has two confirmed candidates: Sonia Furstenau and Adam Olsen

Evil Dead: The Musical to perform at Kelowna Actors Studio

The performance is a comedic, live stage show, of the cult classic film trilogy

Professional basketball league eyes Kelowna for possible expansion

The CEBL was the first Canadian professional sports league to successfully complete its 2020 season in a bubble format

B.C. reports 91 new cases as officials remain worried over ‘clusters of COVID-19

There have now been a total of 8,395 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began

EDITORIAL: Clearing the smoke

Wildfires have resulted in heavy smoke and poor air quality

COVID-19 exposure at Merritt pub

The exposure happened on Sept. 19 at the pub of the Coldwater Hotel

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

UPDATE: Person safely pulled from Vernon creek culvert

First responders from multiple agencies assist in getting individual out of the creek

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Police watchdog investigating after man injured in Penticton RCMP cells

Man suffers serious injuries after being lodged into cells at the detachment

Four more cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

There are 31 active cases in isolation in the health region

Canada’s active COVID-19 cases top 10,000 as daily new cases triple over the past month

Dr. Tam repeated her warning to young people, who have made up the majority of recent cases

Most Read