This toolkit has been prepared to provide information, support and guidance to any group or organization that is planning to hold a community harm reduction training event in Canada.
Harm Reduction Brochure
It’s vital we know how to respond if we encounter someone experiencing the effects of an opioid overdose, especially if:
- You are taking or have taken opioids
- You know someone taking opioids
- You think you will encounter someone experiencing the effects of an opioid overdose
Opioid overdoses can occur, even when taking as directed by a doctor.
Learn how to identify an opioid and the symptoms of an overdose, as well as understand the role of naloxone and how to obtain it with the brochure below.
The contents of this toolkit include:
How to Administer Naloxone
Training Event Checklist
Ensure your community harm reduction training event has everything it needs in order for the session to be a success.
Our Training Event Checklist includes:
- Pre-Event Checklist
- Event Day Checklist
- Post-Event Checklist
Customizable Event Poster
Use this 11″ x 17″ poster to promote your event. Type in the details of your event—date, venue, contact information—and share within your community.
Local media like to share compelling stories about the people in their community, like you. The best way to inform them about your story is by sending a pitch note.
A pitch note is where you’ll be able to share your message in a way that can show the reporter how the story might unfold for their audience. This is also your opportunity to introduce yourself to the reporter, tell your story and explain why it’s important that they highlight harm reduction events in their area.
To support your story, you might want to include an angle or reason to encourage media to engage with your story. This could be about local stats in your area or a situation that has led to the harm reduction event taking place. You can find general stats about the opioid crisis on the Canadian Government website or by visiting your province’s government website.
You should contact them 1-2 weeks in advance with your pitch note to give reporters enough time to prepare to attend your event. If you don’t hear back within a few days, send a follow-up email or contact them by phone to see if they are interested in covering your event. Their contact details will likely be found on the media’s website. If you can’t find it, call the general news line and ask to speak with a producer, editor, or other newsroom contact.
How To Invite Local Media
Inviting media to your training event is a useful way to let your local community know that you are holding a community harm reduction training event. It is also a way to notify your local community that you and your organization are a source of information on harm reduction in your area.
Invite a Pharmacist
Contact a local pharmacist to see if they will come to your harm reduction event and train attendees on injectable and nasal spray naloxone administration, how to spot an overdose and answer any questions your attendees might have.
A pharmacist or other medical expert should conduct the community harm reduction training event, especially on how to administer naloxone to a person in need. Having a pharmacist on site for the training will also be a great opportunity for you and your attendees to ask any questions they have and to ensure all participants are confident in what to do, should they encounter someone suffering the effects of an opioid overdose. We recommend a pharmacist provides the naloxone training because they are often the most likely person to engage with the general public regarding opioids. If a pharmacist is unavailable, you might want to reach out to a first responder (paramedic or police officer) to conduct your training event.
Below is a template of an email to a pharmacist (or first responder), inviting them to attend and conduct the naloxone training.
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