Pubdate: Wed, 20 Dec 2017
Source: Metro (Vancouver, CN BC)
Copyright: 2017 Metro Canada
Page: A1


Life-saving drug now accessible after web tutorial

People can now learn how to administer Naloxone, the antidote to
opioid overdose, by watching a five-minute video online.

St. Paul's emergency medical team led the project and launched the
online tutorial this month to help more people access the life-saving
drug. At the end of the tutorial, participants receive a certificate
they can show at a nearby pharmacy, or any Naloxone dispensing site,
to receive a free kit.

Previously, people who wanted Naloxone would have to attend a training
workshop before receiving a kit.

"We hope that will reduce the barrier to people who are thinking, 'I
don't want to go somewhere to get trained,' and some issues around
stigma and opioid use," said Dr. Andrew Kestler, an emergency
physician at St. Paul's Hospital.

In fact, anyone who is interested in learning this skill, even those
who are not healthcare professionals or drug users themselves, can now
do so relatively easily, he said.

"It's the same kind of idea as people getting CPR training; it's just
a useful skill to have."

People can access the web app at . The app
includes a short video demonstrating how to identify someone suffering
from an overdose and how to administer Naloxone.

Users are asked to answer several multiple choice questions afterward,
and if those are answered correctly, the app displays a certificate
that can be exchanged for a Naloxone kit.

St. Paul's Foundation provided funding for the project, and the
hospital's emergency department worked with local tech companies Hello
Cool World and Animikii as well as SPH Rapid Access Addiction Clinic
to create the app.
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