March 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Naloxone Presentation Synopsis.
Opioid consumption and overdose has reached record levels in Canada - from 2016 to 2019, over 15000 people died in Canada from opioid-related causes. In Canada in 2018, 4400 people died from opioid use with 1337 being from Ontario alone. Because this problem is expected to grow over the next few years, Ontario Ministry of Health’s has invested in a publically funded naloxone program which started in 2016. Naloxone nasal spray is a drug that can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose. Under my guidance, our company, Respect Rx Pharmacy has trained over 45,000 people how to use a naloxone kit and be prepared to manage an opioid overdose
Opioid overdose can happen to anyone! Not just heroin and fentanyl addicts on the streets but also babies who accidently ingested a pill or seniors who mismanage their own prescriptions. In addition, with increased levels of opioid cross contamination in many other street drugs, it is paramount that everyone get trained, get a kit and save a life.
My hour long presentation entitled “Naloxone and Managing Opioid Overdose”, talks about the current drug seen Ontario. Then leads into how a bystander can properly recognize behaviours that places someone in high risk of a drug overdose and why. The presentation continues to introduce nasal naloxone as an overdose antidote and talks about how to quickly identify an opioid overdose. The presentation ends with a proper naloxone training and free naloxone kit distribution if needed.
It is so important that every resident of Ontario take advantage of this free training kit training. I personally know of group home case managers, public transit workers and university security guards who have taken my training and saved a life right here in Ottawa.
Mark Barnes Pharmacist & Owner Respect Rx Pharmacies
Mark, along with his partner pharmacists are very passionate advocates for the respectful approach to addiction and mental health treatment. This lead them to develop Respect Rx, pharmacies that prides themselves in providing dignified, stigma free pharmacy services to those with complex mental health and addiction issues. Further to this, Mark’s work on the opioid crisis led to the development and implementation of a fentanyl patch return program to help curb diversion of this deadly drug to the streets. This program has received significant local, provincial and even national attention. In 2015 this fentanyl “patch for patch” return program became Ontario law, and is now a practice standard for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the Ontario College of Pharmacists. Mark is also heavily involved in addiction education and does seminars for various community groups, pharmacy organizations and other medical professions on this topic. He is a member of the National Advisory Council on Prescription Drug Misuse through the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and serves on the Overdose Task Force with Ottawa Public Health. Mark also works with the Canadian Pharmacist’s Association on medicinal marijuana and opioid overdose policy development. Mark’s community work and advocacy has resulted in many awards: “Health is a Community Affair Award” in 2013; Memorial University School of Pharmacy’s 2014 “Alumni of the Year Award;” a prestigious national pharmacy “Commitment to Care” award in 2014 for addiction disease state management and in September of 2019 he was recognized by the City of Ottawa as a Healthy Communities Champion for his dedication to promoting overdose prevention.
Since being asked to be a regional champion for the Ontario Ministry of Health’s publicly funded naloxone program, Respect Rx has trained over 35,000 people and conducted over 400 community based seminars on proper use of naloxone and the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose.