A workshop on overdose prevention and naloxone training is coming to Cumberland.

The village is partnering with AVI Health and Community Services to host a workshop for teens and parents on Sept. 1st.

According to the village, the goal of this free workshop is to create a good foundation for communication about substance use between teens and parents. 

Teens and parents will learn about overdose prevention, how to identify overdose and how to respond, harm reduction tools and resources (local and online), fentanyl testing and apps for using alone, as well as the various substances-stimulants, opioids and hallucinogens.

The workshop will also include step by step, hands-on Naloxone training with tips on how to have conversations around youth substance use and safety. 

Studies have shown that just by talking to youth (about substance use, safer partying, etc.) parents can reduce the risk of their child using by almost 50 percent.

Everyone who takes part will receive a free Naloxone kit to take home.

“British Columbia declared a public health emergency due to the opioid crisis in 2016, but deaths related to toxic drug supply have remained on the rise since 2011, and our own community is not exempt,” the village said in a release.

“Today, due to the COVID-19 pandemic colliding with the opioid crisis, deaths from toxic drugs have reached record highs, which is making harm reduction and Naloxone training more important than ever.”

The workshop is being held from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Cumberland Cultural Centre.

Though the workshop is free pre-registration is required. 

Click here to register through Cumberland Recreation.

You can contact Cumberland Recreation if you have challenges booking or questions at 250-336-2231.