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A growing body of evidence indicates those in the B.C. construction industry are being disproportionately affected by the opioid epidemic. In response, Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan (CIRP) has partnered with IUOE 115, LiUNA 1611, Finishing Trades Institute of BC, BC Building Trades, and CLR to launch the “A Kit in Every Hand” (AKIEH) initiative. As a registered Take Home Naloxone site, CIRP is able to provide take-home naloxone kits at no cost. In addition to saving lives by enabling everyone in the B.C. construction industry to respond to overdoses, this project aims to:

  • promote safe practices for substance users;
  • reduce the stigma associated with harm reduction strategies;
  • provide education and training on the use of naloxone kits;
  • educate on the scope and impact of the opioid crisis; and
  • increase awareness of community resources available to those who are looking to help themselves and/or others.

Through the AKIEH initiative, CIRP and their partners hope to provide training opportunities for the 35,000 members of the BC construction industry and promote community safety and support through education and resourcing. The stigma faced by those who are struggling with substance misuse and addiction often prevents them from seeking help that is available to them and leads to unnecessary loss of life. The naloxone kit training being provided to members of the B.C. construction industry not only enables them to save lives, but it helps them to understand that addiction is an illness that no one is immune to, and only as a community can we keep people safe, and preserve the lives of our loved ones, friends, and colleagues.

CIRP provides free online ‘train-the-trainer’ training on Naloxone and overdose prevention for members of CLR held on the first Tuesday of every month 5:00-6:00 pm.  Call 604-521-8611 to sign up your representative/supervisors.

For kits and training call CIRP at 604-521-8611 or email [email protected]

For information on the provincial Naloxone program, please follow the links: