Stacy Middlemiss, a Duncan city councillor and a community action team coordinator with the Canadian Mental Health Association, will be giving training in how to administer the anti-overdose drug naloxone to North Cowichan’s council next month. (File photo)

Stacy Middlemiss, a Duncan city councillor and a community action team coordinator with the Canadian Mental Health Association, will be giving training in how to administer the anti-overdose drug naloxone to North Cowichan’s council next month. (File photo)

North Cowichan council to learn how to deliver naloxone to overdose victims

Training part of Call to Action to local governments

Council members in North Cowichan will receive training on how to administer naloxone to overdose victims.

The Cowichan Mental Health Association’s Stacy Middlemiss, who is also a councillor in the City of Duncan, will attend North Cowichan’s next council meeting on Aug 21 to do a demonstration and provide training on the benefits and application of naloxone, a medication used to block the effects of opioids during an overdose.

More than 31 people died of overdoses in the Cowichan Valley alone in 2018, and more than 10,000 have died across Canada in the last three years.

RELATED STORY: MACGREGOR WANTS TO SEE OPIOID CRISIS RECOGNIZED AS NATIONAL EMERGENCY

The efforts by North Cowichan council members to take the naloxone training comes after the municipality received a “Call for Action” in regards to the ongoing fentanyl crisis that was signed by local leaders from the Sunshine Coast.

The letter states that, despite escalated efforts across the province, B.C. continues to see record numbers of illicit drug-overdose deaths, with many of these deaths resulting from people using drugs alone.

“With four people a day dying of a preventable overdose, B.C. is experiencing the worst public health crisis the province has seen in decades,” the letter said.

“Naloxone is proven to save lives by reviving people who has overdosed to give them enough time to get to the hospital. Naloxone can’t be self administered, so drug users must rely on friends or family to help.”

RELATED STORY: DUNCAN OVERDOSE PREVENTION SITE WORKING AT CAPACITY, WORKERS SAY DURING OPEN HOUSE

In January, Town of Gibsons’ Mayor Bill Beamish, Sechelt First Nation Chief Warren Paull, Sunshine Coast Regional District Chairwoman Lori Pratt and District of Sechelt Mayor Darnelda Siegers participated in a media event in which they received naloxone training to raise awareness and help fight the stigmas around drug use and addictions.

The leaders are now sending letters to local governments around the province encouraging them to do the same.

North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring said he thinks the Call to Action is a great initiative and he’s looking forward to taking the training.

“We want to do our part as well to help raise awareness and remove some the stigma around this issue,” he said.

“People should educate themselves about this so they can be prepared to help out if an overdose occurs. Our staff said they would arrange the training and we’re glad to do it.”



robert.barron@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

An example of the forest land in the Port Renfrew and Fairy Creek area of Vancouver Island is shown on May 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jen Osborne
Old-growth logging opponents launch hunger strike as arrests continue at Fairy Creek

Zain Haq says the hunger strikers will gather today at Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver

An example of the forest land in the Port Renfrew and Fairy Creek area of Vancouver Island is shown on May 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jen Osborne
Old-growth logging opponents launch hunger strike as arrests continue at Fairy Creek

Zain Haq says the hunger strikers will gather today at Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver

Grade 12 students Sophia Kazakoff and Catherine Yuan accept QMS’s Stigma Free Designation award from Stigma-Free Society president, Andrea Paquette. (Submitted)
Duncan’s QMS earns ‘Stigma-Free’ designation

“No school in the province has accomplished what QMS did in such a short period of time”

“About a year after it was last used for a bottle drive, Lake Cowichan’s derelict Scout and Guide Hall came down Monday, June 6. Girl Guides have since moved into different churches and halls around the area. Town council has yet to decide what will be done with the now vacant town-owned site.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, June 8, 2011)
Flashback: A.B. Greenwell, Lady of the Lake, good and bad news for the Lake News

What was making headlines this week around Cowichan Lake in years gone by

Conner Gilkin, 5, shows of some of his newfound loot to buddy Jax Dul, 7, during the Lake Cowichan treasure hunt on Saturday, June 5. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)
Weekly hunt has Lake Cowichan digging for treasure

Gold? Silver? Candy? Andrew Braye has stashed away a range of prizes for eager treasure hunters

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read