/ Project Overview
Equalising Access to Naloxone and Opioid Poisoning Education with a Focus on Rural, Remote, and Isolated Communities: A project of the Canadian Red Cross (CRC)
Key Words: Opioid poisoning, underserved communities, geographic barriers, Naloxone kit, Opioid education, training, access
Assess and define the needs of targeted communities around opioid awareness education and access to Naloxone and identifying opportunities for first aid organisations to intervene in these communities and close existing gaps.
PI - Dr. Don Marrette and Carolyn Tees (Red Cross Canada), Dr. Kate Sellen, Nick Goso, Aaron Orkin, and the Canadian Red Cross Society (Carolyn Tees, Joanna Muise)
/ Sponsor(s): Health Canada - Substance Use and Addictions Program
The Red Cross project aims to improve access to Naloxone, reduce the barriers to opioid poisoning awareness, and help Canadians in all communities better understand how to help someone suffering from an opioid poisoning. This is a pan-Canada intuitive
/ Research Process
The project consists of four key activities, 1) Gap assessment,
2)Development and delivery of opioid education and Naloxone distribution, 3) Distribution of Naloxone kit, and 4) Evaluation
Learnings from prior Health Design Studio work on overdose first aid will inform first aid training, awareness and naloxone access.
Development of knowledge product or learning opportunities including new assets for opioid education and Naloxone training with a diversity of educational modalities, and engagement with academia, international bodies, and all levels of government in the development of knowledge products.