CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – St. John’s Ambulance is offering opioid overdose response training for free.

Three deaths a day in B.C. are caused by an overdose, according to the B.C. Coroner’s Service report, released in late September. In response, St. John’s Ambulance is equipping residents to be able to respond to an opioid overdose.

St. John’s runs the program two to three times a month at their Campbell River facility (170 Dogwood St).

“Basically, they teach them roles and responsibilities when you come across somebody… the CPR skills and they really practice a lot with the injections itself,” said Mary Ellen Cardinell, the administrative assistant at the Campbell River branch.

Residents interested in signing up for the course can do so at this link or call 1-866-321-2651. Residents can also register by dropping in at the Campbell River Branch.