March 10, 2020 - 11:30 am
Are you of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent? You can help save lives!
If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and take opioids (prescription or non-prescription), or know someone who does, we are seeking your help to get naloxone into the community.
What is naloxone?
Naloxone is a lifesaving medication that reverses the effects of opioids. A side effect of opioids is the potential to slow and stop breathing, even when used as directed. These adverse effects are often unexpected and occur in private homes, witnessed by a close friend, partner or other family members.
What is the project?
South Australia is participating in a pilot project to increase access to naloxone and reduce opioid related fatalities. From 1 December 2019 to 28 February 2021 naloxone is free from participating pharmacies in South Australia.
DASSA is looking for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members to join our Community Partnership Program to share this lifesaving information. You will engage with your peers about how to prevent and respond to the adverse effects of opioids, including how to access and administer free naloxone. You will be provided with training and support and will be reimbursed for your time.
Information session: 10 March 2020 from 11:30am – 12:30pm
Training day: 12 March 2020 from 11:00am – 4:00pm
To express your interest and register please contact DASSACPP@health.sa.gov.au or call 0466 480 811 by 6 March 2020