Letter from Vicky Waldron of the Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan.
You may have seen the heartbreaking overdose numbers in the media and news recently. The opioid crisis has seen increasing numbers of overdoses year on year and now with the added impact of COVID 2020 was by far the most deadly year since the epidemic began. Sadly this year is expected to be even worse. Data from numerous sources including the BC Coroners office have identified that the construction industry is ‘disproportionately’ represented in the overdose deaths. Other studies have shown that construction workers are dying at a rate of 5-7 times higher than workers from other industries. Over the last 5 years with the organisation, I have spoken to many of you, and I can honestly say that there is not one person I have met that hasn’t been impacted either directly or indirectly, by the death of a construction worker due to overdose.
It is because of this that CIRP is undertaking a new pilot project aimed to get as many naloxone kits into the hands of as many construction workers and as many job sites as possible. We are in the first phase of this initiative which includes a number of trade schools. As part of this initiative we are training as many business managers and reps as we can on ‘overdose reversal’ (naloxone training). The training itself uses the ‘train the trainer’ model, so the idea is that the business managers and reps are then able to go out into industry and continue the training for their members and provide kits for everyone that is trained. CIRP is a registered naloxone site, and as such we can provide you with the kits and training supplies as needed.
We delivered our first training for 20 reps/managers this last month, and are now looking to book our next round of training. If you have anyone that is interested in receiving the training please let me know and we will set up a second training. We can generally accommodate 20 people per training session.
Vicky Waldron | Executive Director, BSc (Hons). MSc Health Psych (Hons).
Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan
223 Nelson’s Crescent,
New Westminster, B.C.,
T: 1-604-521-8611 | C: 1-604-838-2304
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