Naloxone Training for Local Businesses

Naloxone training and kits are being made available for free to local businesses through a partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement Area and the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.

With Peterborough dealing with an opioid crisis, the DBIA and chamber of commerce are working to educate the business community to be able to help if the need arises. Four training sessions have been planned for Nov. 18 and 19. The 20 minute sessions will be limited to 9 attendees. Everyone who attends will be offered a free naloxone kit.

The training sessions will be led by Pharmacist Engi Hakim, pharmacy manager at Aylmer Street Pharmacy.

“We are privileged to be in a position to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and support our communities in combatting the many negative impacts of the opioid crisis,” says Hakim. “The death toll is staggering, not to mention the many lives that are not fully realized as a result of opioid addiction. Shame prevents so many from seeking help – it takes a village to get people into recovery, we are trying our best to do our part.”

In 2019, the DBIA hosted similar Naloxone training sessions with Peterborough Public Health and PARN.

“We need partnerships like this to fight the opioid crisis here in Peterborough,” says Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the DBIA. “Action begins when we start asking what we can do. Learning to administer Naloxone isn’t hard. I hope we can inspire more people from the community to learn this vital life saving skill or come in for a refresher on how to use the kits.”

The sessions will be located at Venture North, 270 George Street N, Peterborough who have graciously donated the facility for these sessions. Covid-19 safety steps and social distancing will be in place during the sessions. Please attend with a mask. DBIA and Peterborough Chamber of Commerce members are asked to register for one of the series dates by connecting to the link on the DBIA website www.downtownptbo.ca. Spaces are limited.