On Friday, December 8th the team at Goodbye Graffiti™ Vancouver and Goodbye Graffiti™ Inc. attended a training session for life-saving Naloxone. Naloxone is a medication used to “bring people back” from opioid overdoses such as heroin, methadone, fentanyl and morphine it is available in BC without a prescription and often given as an injection into a muscle.
Vancouver’s Downtown East Side has become the epicenter of an unprecedented opioid crisis in BC. Fatalities due to overdose have risen at an alarming rate for the past 5 years. To combat this alarming issue Naloxone kits are now available free of cost to anyone who is at risk of an opioid overdose or anyone likely to witness and respond to an overdose. Goodbye Graffiti™ Vancouver’s routes are in Vancouver’s DTES, for the last 20 years we have had people in the DTES almost every day and know all too well the struggles of the community. As an organization, we want to be aware, educated and responsible. We want to help protect members of our community who are struggling, and because of this made the decision that it was very important that our team be educated on the epidemic affecting our community and trained in the use Naloxone to potentially save a life. We are thankful to Munroe and Dania of Karmik a West Coast based harm reduction organization who not only trained us on the use of the Naloxone kits but educated us on the public health crisis we currently are experiencing. All Goodbye Graffiti™ Vancouver Technicians will now carry Naloxone and have been trained in its use. For more information on Naloxone please visit http://towardtheheart.com/about