Understanding Opioids: Methods for Prevention & Response

27 Nov Understanding Opioids: Methods for Prevention & Response

More and more people are being poisoned by opioids. We need all hands on deck to turn that around.

Learn how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose, including how to administer naloxone, a life-saving medication that can help temporarily reverse an opioid overdose. We will also cover concepts that impact opioid use, related harms, and the scope of opioid-related issues within the Canadian and local context. Participants will receive further information and resources on how to apply what they learn in various settings.



March 25, 2020 | 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM EST – session CANCELLED to comply with public health guidelines around COVID-19
May 26, 2020 | 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM EST


Peterborough Public Health
2nd Floor | Anstruther and Buckhorn Lake Rooms
185 King Street
Peterborough, ON K9J 2R8

Facilitator Biographies:

Carolyn King | PARN
Carolyn King is the Harm Reduction Works Coordinator for PARN. She has worked in the social service sector for ten years and has a particular passion for working with folks who have used, or currently use, drugs. Some of Carolyn’s duties at PARN include developing community capacity to reduce harms and risks associated with drug use, providing prevention and education programs to at-risk populations on issues related to HIV/AIDS, and developing meaningful partnerships with other service providers and people with lived experience. Carolyn holds a diploma in Mental Health & Addictions work from Camosun College in Victoria, BC, as well as a B.A. in Indigenous Studies from Trent University in Peterborough, ON.

Deanna VandenBroek | PPH
Deanna VandenBroek is a Health Promoter with Peterborough Public Health and one of the advisory stakeholders with the Peterborough Drug Strategy. She has spent the last 5 years working in the area of substance use prevention and harm reduction with a particular focus on opioids and as a result has observed the ongoing evolution of the situation around opioid use and its related harms. Deanna was born and raised in Peterborough and has a Bachelor of Public Health from Brock University and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Guelph.

Evan Brockest | PDS
Evan Brockest is a Project Lead and acting Coordinator with the Peterborough Drug Strategy, where he is currently leading a two-year research, training and public education initiative related to cannabis. Having worked in the health and social service fields for over 10 years, Evan brings a unique combination of experience in the areas of research, education, program evaluation, communications, and community development.

Simone Jackson | PPH
Simone Jackson is a Public Health Nurse within the Family and Community Health team at Peterborough Public Health. With experience in infectious disease programming, Simone is currently working on developing substance use prevention and harm reduction initiatives related to opioid use in the community. Simone possesses an array of experience in the areas of clinical nursing, community health protection, and health promotion. Through quality health programs and services, Simone has a passion for delivering exceptional care to priority populations, while also implementing health promotion strategies to protect community health.


Will participants receive naloxone kits after the training?

No. Participants will be provided with information and resources about how to obtain naloxone for their first aid kits.

Who should attend this training?

Anyone who wishes to gain a better understanding of opioids and the impact they are having in our community.

Do I need to attend all of the sessions?

No. The dates listed above are for individual sessions, not a series, and you can choose whichever one works best for your schedule!

How many staff members from my organization or business can attend?

There is no registration limit.

Is there parking?

The King Street parking garage across the street from Public Health provides one hour of free parking followed by paid parking. There is also street parking but you can only pay for two hours at a time.

Is the venue accessible?

Public Health is wheelchair accessible. There are two free parking spots for folks with accessibility permits along the west side of the driveway right after the sidewalk and a ramp that leads to the front doors. Public Health also has a scent-free policy. There are no gender-inclusive washrooms at this time, but one will be added in the near future.

Who can I contact with further questions?

Contact the QoC Project Lead at qoc@peterboroughdrugstrategy.com or 705-927-3448.

The cost of this training has been subsidized through a partnership with the Peterborough Drug Strategy and its members. Bursaries are available upon request.