Abby Blackburn’s harm reduction and naloxone kit training sessions started as a tool to help her friends in Edmonton’s punk community stay safe from the potentially deadly effects of opioids.
But after seeing how widespread the crisis is across Alberta, Blackburn decided to hold training sessions for everyone who wants to learn.
“I realized, after seeing statistics online and everything else, that it’s very far reaching,” Blackburn told CBC’s Radio Active. “The fentanyl crisis is pretty intense, so I just wanted to reach out to absolutely everybody.”
Blackburn’s training sessions show people how to use naloxone kits by using oranges to practise on. “The reason why we do the training with the oranges is so you’re not intimidated with the idea of it,” she said.
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