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Erin Gibson


Session Synopsis:

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

Biography:

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.

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