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Peterborough training can help stop overdose

November 28th, 2017

Harm reduction and opioid overdose response training are now being offered by the Peterborough Drug Strategy.

Aimed at service providers and business staff, the training is part of the Peterborough Regional Overdose Preparedness (PROP) project, which is

funded through the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services as Ontario faces an increase in opioid-related dangers, including overdose, hospitalization and emergency care.

It's estimated that 850 Ontario residents died from opioid-related causes in 2016. Locally, city police have dealt with 146 overdoses so far this year, which included 10 deaths. Anti-overdose drug Naloxone was used 37 times.

The training teaches participants to recognize the signs of an overdose and give them the skills needed to help.

It's five half-day training sessions between now and March in the city and county, including sessions at the Norwood Town Hall on Dec. 11 and the Marshland Centre in Lakefield on Feb. 7.

For more information, or to register for a session, visit