As part of an effort to address opioid overdose, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and AIDS Saskatoon have teamed up to provide Naloxone kits and education about when and how to use it to management and staff of bars and lounges in Prince Albert. Naloxone is the medication used to counteract an opioid overdose.
“We know that it’s not only people with prolonged exposure to drug addiction who are overdosing on opioids, it’s those that are experimenting for the first time as well,” said Brittany Nicolas, Outreach Nurse with the SHA’s Access Place Clinic in Prince Albert. “When liquor is consumed, inhibitions and judgement can be altered and curiosity, along with peer pressure, can be heightened."
This initiative was developed in response to the national opioid crisis and the need to support the community in preparing to respond to emergency overdose situations.
Niall Kerr, the Chef and Owner of Tartan Table Restaurant and Lounge in Prince Albert, has responded to the need to have his staff trained in Naloxone response and they will be the first establishment prepared with a Naloxone kit.
Niall Kerr (centre), Owner/Chef of Tartan Table in Prince Albert, has responded to the need to have his staff trained in Naloxone response and they will be the first establishment prepared with a Naloxone kit. He is flanked by Fred Simpson, Support Services with AIDS Saskatoon (601 Outreach, Prince Albert), and Brittany Nicolas, Outreach Nurse, Access Place (SHA).
“We are encouraged that other local businesses will follow this initiative to support this public response to our opioid crisis,” said Fred Simpson, Support Services with AIDS Saskatoon Inc.
Prince Albert and area bar and lounge owners, management, and staff who are interested in getting the training can contact either Access Place at 306-765-6549, or AIDS Saskatoon’s Prince Albert contact at 306-941-8595.