Opioid Response Training for Community Organizations​ (underserved)
Supporting underserved communities across Canada.

Opioid Poisoning Response Training for Underserved Communities

Opioid poisonings are on the rise across Canada, and more communities are impacted by the crisis every day. The need for support is growing – especially in communities that are underserved by existing services.

Many communities experience high rates of opioid use, but lack the support needed to manage and prevent poisonings. Community members may struggle to access education or health services, including naloxone*.

*Naloxone is a medicine that rapidly reverses the effects of opioids on the brain. It is an important tool that can save the life of someone experiencing an opioid poisoning.

Underserved Program Overview

SJA’s Underserved program supports communities that experience barriers by providing training and nasal naloxone kits. Community members are invited to attend a group training where they learn about opioid use, poisonings, and how to use naloxone. After the training, each participant will receive 1 to 2 kits of nasal naloxone. They can use this naloxone if there is an opioid poisoning in their home, workplace, or any other setting.

The course is divided into four modules:

  • Harm Reduction
  • How to respond to an opioid poisoning
  • How to administer nasal Naloxone
  • Self-Care after a Traumatic Event

Is My Community Eligible?

Many types of communities are eligible for this program. Examples include:

  • First Nations, or Inuit or Metis Communities
  • Rural or Northern communities
  • School communities
  • Drug Users’ Networks

If you belong to a community organization and would like to coordinate this training in your community, please contact us.

Please be advised you will be taken to a form off of this site.

Additional Resources

React and Reverse: Opioid Poisoning Response Training Brochure

Find basic information about React and Reverse: Opioid Poisoning Response Training from SJA in this informative brochure.

Suspect an Opioid Poisoning Poster

A valuable poster for home, work, or play. This poster outlines the important steps to help if you suspect opioid poisoning.

Opioid and Naloxone Training

Find a Naloxone Kit in Your Region

Many Provinces or Territories offer access to Naloxone kits. Find one near you.

Student Feedback
I feel confident knowing that if I come across someone who has been poisoned that I now have the skills to try and reverse it.

About St. John Ambulance

St. John Ambulance is an international humanitarian organization and is a foundation of the Order of St. John. As Canada’s standard for excellence in First Aid and CPR services, St. John Ambulance offers innovative programs, ensuring Canadians receive the best quality training. Revenue generated from First Aid/CPR training supports St. John Ambulance’s charitable work in the community.