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Responding to the Opioid Crisis in Canada, Parachute and the Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre

March 22, 2017

1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

About the Webinar

Parachute and the Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre are joining forces this National Poison Prevention Week to present a webinar on the opioid crisis in Canada. The abuse of Opioids, most notably in the form of Fentanyl, has slowly grown to epidemic proportions in Canada over the past few years. Responses to tackling this issue have emerged on different fronts through front line action, community level interventions, enforcement and policy action. Addressing these topics, our three speakers, Dr.Roy Purssell, Detective Constable Brad Reaume, Patricia Cliche, each bring unique perspectives to the Opioid crisis from various regions of Canada.

About the Speakers

  • Dr.Roy Purssell is an emergency physician at Vancouver General Hospital and a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Dr.Purssell brings a medical toxicological perspective to the Fentanyl/ Opiod abuse problem and will discuss the treatment of patients who have taken overdoses of ultra-potent opioids including fentanyl.
  • Brad Reaume is a Detective Constable for the North Bay Police Service Street Crime Unit in Northern Ontario. With over 15 years of policing experience, Brad has provided expert testimony in criminal cases involving fentanyl trafficking and abuse. He is Involved in Bill 33 Safeguarding Our Communities Act as well as the Regional Patch for Patch Program in Northern Ontario.
  • Patricia Cliche a Registered Nurse with 30 + yrs Clinical and Management experience in an Emergency Department and over 15+ years in Injury prevention. Pat will speak from a Harm reduction and injury prevention perspective and throw light on the implementation of Bill 33 (Safeguarding our Communities) in Northern Ontario.

How to Participate

To View the Webinar

The webinar can be accessed online via the JoinMe link below.  This software does not require any installation or login.
To Hear the Webinar

Participants must call in to the tele-conference line:
Toll-free dial-in: 1.888.531.3134
Participant Code: 17617
Presentation Slides

The slide deck for the presentations will be made available on the Parachute Blog soon after the webinar:

For More Information

Please contact Sunitha Ravi Kumar, Knowledge Translation Coordinator at Parachute, for questions at