Celebrities Nightclub will host a free Naloxone training and overdose prevention workshop this Saturday.
The workshop will be taught by registered nurses from St Paul’s Hospital and Insite, and is open to anyone 19-years or older.
They will teach attendees the signs of an overdose, how to give rescue breaths, how to administer Naloxone, and what to do until the ambulance arrives.
Naloxone is a prescription medicine that can reverse an overdose. The drug works by blocking opioid receptors, thus stopping the drugs from acting on them.
Opioids include heroin and prescription pain pills like morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and vicodin.
Celebrities’ marketing director Jason Sulyma says that while the club has luckily not experienced any overdoses at any of their properties, it’s good to get on top of the opiod crisis and spread awareness regarding the matter.
“So this kind of like we’re getting ahead of the situation by starting a conversation, because we’re not really feeling like we’re getting a conversation going between the government and the nightclub, and the alternative space community,” he says.
Sulyma hosted a similar event at Fortune Sound Club back in September, but said this is not a reaction to the latest spike in overdoses over the last few months throughout North America.
Story by Trevor Knapp