Naloxone: Learning to Save Lives
On March 15th, 20 community members from Veteran, Altario, and Consort gathered at the Neutral Hills Learning Centre to hear from a charity called Turning Point. Turning Point is a non-judgemental safe space from Red Deer advocating for safer substance use, as well as an educational support centre for drugs, sexual health, and harm reduction. Our instructors, Kevin and Trisha, taught the group about current drug trends as well as how to properly use a naloxone kit.
They spoke in-depth about substance use disorder, and the importance of keeping open communication with the user. We also learned about how substances are influencing every age and demographic. Did you know that 1 in 5 people have substance use disorder? "We are all one trauma away from being a user," Trisha told the group. "There is no 'us' versus 'them' anymore. The lines are blurred, and it only takes one trauma to turn someone into a user."
We are so grateful to Turning Point for the wonderful work they do and for visiting our community. And thank you to the participants who came to hear the information!
The Neutral Hills Learning Centre & Consort and District FCSS are in the process of planning another session with Turning Point in an evening, so we will advertise the next date as soon as it is coordinated. We are also in the process of becoming a distribution site for the naloxone kits, so that will be advertised as well.
If you or someone you know has a substance use disorder, please reach out. You can contact us at Consort & District FCSS at 403.577.3011, or at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can assist you in getting the help you need. Other numbers to keep in mind are: The Alberta Addiction Helpline (1.866.332.2322) and Turning Point (403.346.8858).