Posted by Rick Taylor on Jan 19, 2019

Holly Vanjoff is an Overdose Prevention Knowledge Coordinator with the Vernon Health Unit. She is on the left in this photo with Rotary Member Annette Sharkey. Holly spoke to the club about the opioid crisis in Canada and the excessive number of deaths over the past few years as a result of a drug overdose. She explained that an opioid overdose can be temporarily reversed by injecting a drug called naloxone.  A naloxone kit contains three doses of the drug and an injection needle.  These kits are now provided free to the public and have become a standard item with all first responders, such as ambulances, fire rescue vehicles and the police.

 

Holly demonstrated how the kit is used and offered to teach anyone interested in getting a kit after the meeting. She had mentioned during her presentation that due to the increase in people using drugs, anyone during a normal business day could encounter someone in distress. She was offering a kit to anyone who felt the need and wanted one.

 

The website for interior health offers information about pretty well anything you could ask, and is a link to available health services - https://www.interiorhealth.ca/Pages/default.aspx    

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