Understanding Opioids: Methods for Prevention & Response


Please note that this is not an online session. This workshop is taking place in person at Peterborough Public Health in Peterborough, Ontario.


Tuesday, May 30, 2023 | 1:30 – 3:30 PM EST


Peterborough Public Health | Anstruther Lake, Buckhorn Lake, & Chemong Lake (ABC) Room
185 King Street
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 2R8

Course Description:

Drug poisoning rates have been consistently increasing in our community and across the country. We can all play a role in turning this crisis around.

In this course, you will learn how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose/poisoning by administering naloxone, a life-saving medication that can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose/poisoning. We will discuss the history of opioid-related issues within the Canadian context, the harms associated with opioid use, and the impact these have on the current drug poisoning crisis. Whether you are a working professional or an interested community member, this session will help you gain knowledge and skills that can be applied in a variety of settings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the current context of the drug poisoning crisis.
  • Understand the Pillars of Harm Reduction approach to substance use.
  • Recognize stigmatizing language and commit to breaking down barriers through anti-stigma.
  • Recognize the signs of an opioid overdose/poisoning.
  • Know the 5 Steps to Save a Life, using Naloxone.


  • General Admission: FREE


Will participants receive naloxone kits at the workshop?
No, participants will not receive naloxone kits but will be provided with information on how to obtain kits.

Who should attend this workshop?
This workshop is designed for community members and helping professionals in Peterborough City and County who want to gain a better understanding of opioids and the impact they are having in our community.

How many people can attend?
Registration for this workshop has been capped at 28 participants.

Where is the ABC room?
The ABC room is on the second floor of PPH. You can enter the building through the main doors, use the elevators to go up to the second floor, and then turn left to get to the room.

What precautions will be in place regarding COVID-19?
We will be following Public Health recommendations. Details on COVID precautions will be sent to registrants one week before the workshop. While it is our hope to be able to run this session, we may have to cancel it if new restrictions or issues come up.

Is the venue accessible?
Public Health is wheelchair accessible. There are a few accessible parking spots on the right side of the building, near the front door. Public Health also has a scent-free policy and gender-inclusive washrooms.

Is there parking?
In addition to the accessible parking spots, the King Street Parkade across the street provides one hour of free parking followed by paid parking.

Will I receive a certificate for attending?
Yes, you will receive a certificate of attendance after participating in the workshop and filling out an evaluation.

What if I am registered but can no longer attend?
If you register but are unable to attend, please let us know as spaces are limited. Please contact us at or 705-927-3448 so we can open up your spot for someone else.

Who can I contact with further questions?
If you have an accessibility request or any other questions, please contact the QoC Project Lead at or 705-927-3448.

The cost of this workshop has been subsidized by Peterborough Public Health.

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Peterborough Public Health | Anstruther Lake, Buckhorn Lake, & Chemong Lake (ABC) Room
185 King Street, Peterborough, Ontario K9J 2R8
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