OPIOID CRISIS IN NORTH AMERICA
Canada and the USA are facing an international opioid crisis. The growing number of overdoses and deaths caused by opioids, including fentanyl, is a public health emergency and includes the music industry. This is a complex health and social issue requiring a response that is comprehensive, collaborative, compassionate, and evidence-based.
Some musicians who have died of opioid use include: Prince, Tom Petty, Lil Peep, Paul Gray (Slipknot), Mike Welsh (Weezer), Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols), Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Dave Brockie (Gwar).
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THE OPIOID CRISIS IN OUR INDUSTRY?
In Ontario, Canada, Over The Bridge has partnered with Marchese Health Care to provide FREE life-saving Naloxone training to the Canadian music community at live music venues and festivals for musicians, road crews, technicians, managers, agents, promoters, record labels, and live music venue workers.
WHAT IS NALOXONE?
Naloxone is a synthetic drug that blocks or reverses the effects of opioid medication, including extreme drowsiness, slowed breathing, and/or loss of consciousness. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.
Naloxone is used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation. Important: This medicine should not be used in place of emergency medical care for an overdose.
Naloxone is also used to help diagnose whether a person has used or overdosed on an opioid.
A Naloxone Take Home (THN) Injectable Kit contains everything that is needed to help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Each kit contains one hard case, two 0.4 mg/ml bottles naloxone, one alcohol swabs, latex gloves, one rescue breathing mask, syringes, and one card that identifies the person trained to give the naloxone; and one updated instructional insert (English and French).
A intranasal Naloxone nasal spray (INNS) (Narcan® Nasal Spray) contains everything that is needed to help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Each kit contains one hard case, two doses of 4 mg/0.1ml naloxone hydrochloride intra-nasal spray, one rescue breathing barrier, latex gloves, one card that identifies the person trained to give the naloxone; and one updated instructional insert (English and French).
NALOXONE TRAINING OVERVIEW
Each session consist of three parts:
1: Training will begin with a staff introduction and the distribution of opioid overdose prevention education, instructions, and kits.
2: Training: the signs to look for and how to use a kit (approximately 20 minutes)
3: Question and answer session.
IT ONLY TAKES 20MINS TO LEARN HOW TO SAVE A LIFE!!
If you’re a venue, festival, artist, or music industry member, contact us and we will coordinate a time and place to provide this life-saving training to your venue staff, touring staff, musicians, or any other music- related company.
NO, North American Good Samaritan laws generally provide basic legal protection for those who assist a person who is injured or in danger. In essence, these laws protect the “Good Samaritan” from liability if unintended consequences result from their assistance.
No, people will not develop tolerance to naloxone – it can be used as effectively on the 1st overdose as on the 8th overdose. for example: Naloxone/naloxone itself does not evoke ‘violent’ reactions in folks – but people may be in withdrawal and/or confused.
Expired naloxone will not hurt the victim but probably does not work as well as new naloxone. We encourage participants to exchange expired naloxone for a new supply.
FDA will not object to the personal importation of non-prescription medicines, as long as: • The traveler is carrying the products in their possession (or in their luggage) • The amount being carried is an amount reasonably considered for personal use.
Naloxone is a very safe drug that is used across ages; yes you would give naloxone regardless of age.
Do not use Naloxone if you are sure that the patient is allergic to naloxone hydrochloride or to any of the ingredients in Naloxone.