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Overdose Awareness and Training Day: Film + Forum

Waterloo, Ontario
November 7, 2011

99 Regina Street South, Room 508


In September 2011, an L.A. Times analysis reported that overdoses in the U.S.A. have overtaken motor vehicle collisions as the leading unintentional cause of death.  In the U.S.A. today, a person will die from an overdose every 14 minutes.

In Ontario in 2006, the number of opiod-related OD deaths were equal to the number of drivers killed in motor vehicle collisions.  In Waterloo region, almost 2 people will OD every day AND connect with medical services; primarily for fear of police involvement, many people never receive or seek medical assistance.

Drug-related overdoses should be a major concern for service providers and others who work with or are affected by issues of substance use.  Regrettably, knowledge and skills are rare in Canada, despite the extent and severity of the problem.  Just a handful of formal O.D. prevention programs are known to exist in Canada and on November 7 you have a rare opportunity to hear from two of these programs:  Toronto and Waterloo region.

Come to Waterloo on November 7 and hear about the development of Toronto’s Naloxone-based OD program, learn more about establishing agency protocols- and meet other people who have or are interested in establishing an OD prevention program in their community.  In the afternoon, become trained in OD prevention by trainers with POWW- Preventing Overdose Waterloo Wellington.

This event is held free of charge courtesy of the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council’s In the Mind’s Eye 2011:  Issues of Substance Use in Film + Forum. 

RSVPs are essential for the afternoon training sessions.  Send us an email or call with your name and a commitment to attend.

RSVP with “OD TRAINING” in the subject line to or by phone to (519) 766-4450 x221,  toll-free 1-866-448-1603 x22, or fax to (519) 766-9211.