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A Life-Saving Session at CMW 2019

Longtime contributor Kevin Young was part of the Canadian Musician team covering CMW 2019. One of the sessions he attended during the Conference was "Overdose Prevention: It Only Takes 20 Minutes to Save a Life," presented by Over the Bridge. Here's a post specifically on that:

Increasingly, organizations that deal with addiction and mental health in the music industry are making their presence known at industry events like CMW.

One of the most important presentations I took in during the event was aimed squarely at raising awareness about opioid use, addiction, and the life-threatening consequences of it. It also put tools into the hands of attendees so they could potentially help someone in distress.

Though sparsely attended, "Overdose Prevention: It Only Takes 20 Minutes to Save a Life!" was an eye-opener.

Walking into a room and being handed a bag with hypodermic needles and nose spray dispensers of Naloxone – a medication that can, temporarily, reverse the effects of opioids – I’ll admit, was a bit intimidating.

That feeling disappeared as soon as Faisal Khawaja of Marchese Health Care, Canada, began taking those present through the process of, literally, potentially save a life by administering Naloxone.

Sadly, like mouth-to-mouth and CPR, this has increasingly become the kind of knowledge that’s mission critical, the kind of knowledge that should be shared with as many people as possible.

While the opioid crisis touches people of all description, from all walks of life, in every type of business, those of us who spend an inordinate amount of time traveling through, and working in, environments where drug use is common may come across someone in distress at some point. It’s on all of us to know more.

Please go to Over the Bridge to learn how you can help.

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Andrew King is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of Canadian Musician Radio and NWC Webinars’ series of free music and entertainment industry webinars.