A seminar to boost the region’s response to the increasing risk of accidental overdose will be on Monday.
Hosted by The Penington Institute, the seminar has been specially designed to help frontline health workers address overdose in Greater Shepparton.
Penington Institute chief executive John Ryan said the recently released the Annual Overdose Report highlighted the increasing rates of accidental overdose deaths due to the use of opioid-based drugs.
Opioids include methadone and heroin as well as pharmaceutical opioid painkillers such as codeine, oxycodone, fentanyl and morphine.
Mr Ryan said the need to equip frontline health workers with practical knowledge about how to properly respond to an opioid overdose had never been more urgent.
‘‘Communities throughout Australia are increasingly at risk of accidental overdose from opioid-based drugs,’’ he said.
‘‘These seminars will save lives while also raising awareness in terms of who is at risk and what can be done to curb the tragedy of overdose in the region.’’
The Annual Overdose Report 2017 shows Australians in regional communities are now far more likely to overdose on opioids than other drugs. Between 2001 and 2015, there were 41 accidental overdose deaths in the Shepparton region.
Participants of the seminar will be provided with an in-depth understanding of existing and emerging trends around the misuse of opioids as well as training participants how to use naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug.
The seminar will also improve the community’s understanding of the implications of problematic prescription drug use.
The Shepparton seminar will be on Monday at Community Health at GV Health.