According to statistics, the rate of opioid-related deaths in Ontario has increased almost four-fold (285 per cent) over the past 25 years. This equates to two opioid-related deaths a day in Ontario (Ontario Drug Policy Research Network, 2017).
The International Student Mobile Learning Team recently visit Georgian students to speak about this staggering statistic and about the use of a newly available non-prescription Naloxone for opioid users.
Through a series of workshops, students from the Paramedic and Advanced Care Paramedic, Pharmacy Technician, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Collaborative Program and Practical Nursing programs collaborated to develop a simulation activity.
Signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, the importance of calling 911, and the use of nasal Naloxone were all demonstrated.