Albertans have high awareness of opioid crisis in Canada: Statistics Canada

By CHAT News Today
January 12, 2018 - 5:01pm

EDMONTON — A new report released this week says Albertans have some of the highest awareness of the opioid crisis in Canada, however many Canadians say they would not be able to identify if someone was having an overdose or how to obtain and administer naloxone kits.

According to the report released by Statistics Canada, 84.1 per cent of Albertans over the age of 18 were aware of the opioid crisis in the province, slightly behind British Columbia, which had the highest level of awareness with 85.9 per cent. The survey also found 91 per cent of those surveyed would call 911 if they suspected someone was suffering an overdose.

However, of those who responded to the survey, 28 per cent of Canadians said they’d be able to recognize if someone was suffering from an overdose.

Also, only 7.2 per cent of Canadians surveyed said they knew how to obtain and administer naloxone in the event of an overdose.

Pharmacies in Alberta have been offering the kits and training free of charge since October 2017.



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