Choices for Youth taking steps to prevent fentanyl overdose deaths
3 naloxone kits provided by Choices for Youth have saved lives
Choices for Youth is making sure all hands are on deck to tackle the growing fentanyl crisis in St. John's
At the organization's annual general meeting on Wednesday, executive director Sheldon Pollett discussed how Choices for Youth is preparing staff and youth by teaching them how to help in the event of an overdose.
The worst thing we can do when a young person walks through in crisis is respond with a crisis of our own.- Sheldon Pollett
All staff members have been educated on how to distribute and use naloxone kits, a decision that Pollett said has already saved lives.
"We have given [out], I think, 17 naloxone kits and we have three that we know have been used in an overdose situation," he said.
"We haven't had any deaths directly in the young people we're working with [but] that's the scary thing about this, every instance is a possibility."
Plans are also in motion for the organization's Youth Leadership Council to receive full naloxone training, and the Safe Works Access Program (SWAP) will be visiting the centre to distribute kits periodically to youth as well.
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"The worst thing we can do when a young person walks through in crisis is respond with a crisis of our own," added Pollett
"Having people trained, prepared, supplied with naloxone kits is a big part of the work right now."