In April 2016, the Provincial Health Officer of British Columbia declared the overdose crisis a public health emergency. Since the emergency was declared, over 4,000 British Columbians have died from an illegal drug overdose. A number of reports have shown that those who were employed in construction have been disproportionately impacted by overdose.
This session will review:
- Who is impacted by the overdose crisis
- Why are those working in construction disproportionately impacted
- What are the signs of an overdose
- What are overdose-related supports available
- What can worksites do to prevent overdose and overdose-related harms
Erin Gibson has been working in the field of harm reduction and substance use for over 20 years. She has been with Fraser Health in her current role as a harm reduction coordinator since 2012. Prior to coming to Fraser Health she worked at the BC CDC as the provincial overdose coordinator to develop the Take Home Naloxone program.