One of the major harms associated with drug use is overdose deaths. Because of this, "The Works" offers an overdose response training program called Prevent Overdose in Toronto (POINT). POINT trains people who use opioids and their support network to respond to opioid overdose using the medication Naloxone.
What is Naloxone?
Naloxone is a safe medication that reverses the signs of overdose by blocking the effect of opioids in the brain. It works on opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, morphine, methadone, percocets and many others. Naloxone is given by injection into the muscle and takes between 3 - 5 minutes to work. It lasts in the body from 30 - 90 minutes and causes withdrawal symptoms.
Why get POINT training with Naloxone?
Naloxone can be easily administered and is the most specific and crucial way to reduce opioid overdose death when someone is going down. Getting trained to use Naloxone gives you the skills to help save someone's life in an overdose situation. The Works provides POINT training and Naloxone kits for FREE.
What to expect from training
POINT training takes about 20 minutes and provides you with information about preventing, recognizing, and responding to overdose. After training, participants will receive a kit with two doses of Naloxone and everything needed to administer the medication.
Individuals who are at risk for opioid overdose or know someone at risk can get trained to use Naloxone with the POINT program. We encourage you to bring a peer or supportive person with you to training to learn how to use the Naloxone kit too. We cannot give Naloxone to anyone who has a known allergy to Naloxone.
POINT is offered at The Works Monday to Friday and on Wednesday evenings through the NOW Van. The NOW Van will train people wherever they are in Toronto.
NOTE: The Works can not provide Naloxone training or Naloxone kits for staff at community organizations. Naloxone for use in overdose response at community agencies can be purchased through a pharmacy. Links to resources for training staff in overdose response and naloxone administration will be posted soon.