Naloxone Training

Get naloxone. Get trained. Save a life.

Marchese Pharmacy can provide training to your staff on how to respond to an opioid overdose using inhaled and injectable naloxone kits. Kits will be provided to each person attending the training.

Training for up to 20 individuals can be done at our location or for larger groups we can train on site.

What are the benefits of Naloxone Training?

  • Protect and Prepare your Staff
    • We train your staff with information about opioids and how to assess a potential overdose. Give your staff the confidence to know what to do if the situation arises. We provide training that outlines best practices in life-saving naloxone intervention while keeping the safety of the administrator in mind.
  • Prevent Overdose Deaths
    • Southern Ontario is still in the grips of an opioid epidemic, with no end in sight. Over 1200 died last year in Ontario due to an opioid overdose. Powerful, synthetic drugs, fentanyl and carfentanil continue to kill unsuspecting victims. Hamilton`s overdose rate is 78% higher than the provincial rate. Naloxone kits and training are one tool in our arsenal that is effective in reducing senseless overdose deaths.
  • Support Your Community
    • The opioid epidemic does not discriminate, with death tolls rising and victims of all ages, genders, economic statuses, mothers, grandfathers and children. Our community is in crisis, needing the support of the business community to act now to save lives.
  • Be a Business Leader
    • Be a business leader in the community, setting a positive example for other businesses inside and beyond your industry. This training shows you are connected and engaged with the needs of your community, as well as your staff and your customers.

What Should I Know about Naloxone?

  • Naloxone is a medication that will only work to reverse an opioid overdose.  It is very safe medication to keep and use.
    • Virtually no side effects
    • Allergies are extremely rare
    • Will not affect someone not having an opioid overdose
  • Everyone trained to use naloxone is protected by the Good Samaritan Act (2001).
    • Persons who are helping someone during an overdose are protected from legal liability if they harm the victim

Why get trained by Marchese Pharmacy?

Marchese Pharmacy is committed to helping reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths. We are members of the Hamilton Drug Strategy and supporters of the Hamilton Urban Core and Shelter Health Network Overdose Prevention Site. We have trained over 1000 people including those that work for the Special Investigations Unit, YWCA, OPSEU, and Indwell.

  • Training and kits provided by Marchese Health Care focus on the safety of the responder as well as the person having an overdose
    • Kits include a safer CPR mask with one-way valve
    • Easier to use naloxone vials instead of ampoules
    • Additional materials provided by Health Canada Know More Program

Why should I be trained on both kinds of naloxone?

Naloxone spray is excellent, and you should not hesitate to use it if that is your comfort level.  However, there are many reasons to also be trained on, and carry, injectable naloxone, including:

  • You may not have your naloxone with you, but the victim does. And it is not the one you have been trained on.
  • Injectable naloxone is 100% absorbed (i.e. bioavailable) into the body when injected.  Nasal spray is less predictable.
  • Only injectable naloxone has been demonstrated to be safe and effective even when:
    • Frozen, thawed, brought to body temperature, and used immediately (University of Waterloo, Faculty of Pharmacy)
    • Heated to temperatures as high as 80C, cooled to body temperature, then used
  • If you are concerned about harm from getting poked by the needle, remember:
    • The syringe, needle, and injectable naloxone provided are sterile, so can’t get any infection that way
    • If you get a little naloxone in you by accident, it will not harm you.  It only blocks the effects of opioids in the body.  If you are not taking opioids, you will likely not experience anything at all (aside from a little owie!).
  • Injectable naloxone is much less expensive than nasal spray, helping to stretch our precious healthcare (i.e. taxpayer) dollars

Request for Naloxone Training

Request for Naloxone Training
  • Is the training for an organization?
  • Questions? Anything we should be aware of?

Marchese Health Care is an independent community-based health care provider dedicated to the delivery of compassionate, client-focused care. We provide a wide variety of medication, supplies and equipment; clinical knowledge; and specialized services to meet your health and wellness needs.

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Pharmacy Hours:
Please note our hours have changed due to COVID-19. Please call 905-528-4214 x123 and talk to our staff before coming in to discuss the new procedures.

Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Please call 905-528-4214 x640 and talk to our staff before coming in to discuss the new procedures due to COVID-19.

Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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