Opioid Poisoning Response Training for Homeless Shelters and Support Organizations

Our training programs support workers and volunteers in homeless-serving organizations

Shelter and support organizations are invited to attend online, facilitator-led group training where they can learn about opioid use, poisonings, and how to use nasal naloxone. 

What your organization will learn:

  • Stigma and harm reduction
  • How to respond to an opioid poisoning
  • How to administer nasal naloxone
  • Self-care after a traumatic event

The course is approximately 90 minutes. After training, you’ll receive a shipment of nasal naloxone kits to your workplace. Trained staff and volunteers can use these kits in the event of a poisoning. A standard shipment includes two nasal naloxone kits for each worker that has completed the course.

If your staff respond to poisonings frequently and need a larger supply of nasal naloxone, contact our team to discuss your options.

As per Health Canada regulations, these kits are only for use by trained staff and volunteers. They should not be distributed to untrained staff or clients.

Is my community eligible?

Many organizations are eligible for this program, including:

  • Shelters
  • Homeless outreach and support services
  • Harm reduction sites
  • Peer support groups
  • Drug user networks

To register your organization, please contact us at naloxone@sja.ca to confirm your eligibility. Your staff and volunteers can then sign up for our interactive online training.

I see myself ready to assist our residents and community members who may be suffering from opioid poisoning and then we have a reduced case of death resulting from overdose.

Training Program Participant

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