Hamilton Public Library will be hosting Overdose Prevention and Education Training sessions offered by the City of Hamilton's Public Health team. These sessions are open to the public and provide skills for identification, management, and prevention of fatal opioid overdoses.
Any member of the public who meets the criteria below is eligible to receive an overdose prevention kit containing naloxone at the training session. Individuals must be:
- A current opioid user or a past user who is at risk of using again; or
- A family member, friend or another person able to help someone at risk of an opioid overdose.
These are available without a prescription or an Ontario health card.
Training will include:
- Overdose prevention
- Signs and symptoms of overdose
- Overdose response myths
- Calling 911
- Stimulation and chest compressions
- Deciding whether it is safe to give naloxone
- Naloxone preparation and administration
- Post overdose follow-up care
- Care and storage of naloxone
- How to get refills of naloxone
Upon completion of training, each eligible individual will receive a free overdose prevention kit containing nasal spray naloxone. Each overdose prevention kit includes:
- 1 hard case
- 2 doses of naloxone nasal spray (4 mg/0.1ml)
- 1 pair of non-latex gloves
- 1 card that identifies the person who is trained to give the naloxone
- 1 insert with instructions (English and French)
Sessions are being hosted at three (3) library locations on the dates below.
Central Library (Wentworth Room)
- December 13, 10:00am
- December 21, 3:30pm
- January 10, 3:30pm
- January 16, 10:00am
- January 8, 3:00pm
- January 12, 2:30pm
- January 17, 9:30am
- January 25, 4:00pm
Participation is limited to 20 people per session. No registration is required.
For any questions, please call 905-546-3200 x3281.