Over five years have passed since the Province declared a public health emergency. Still, rates of overdose and poisoning deaths continue to rise. In 2019, the former Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy announced that 4,700 deaths had been averted since the Province upscaled their harm reduction and overdose prevention services. In other words, between 2016 and 2019 over 4,700 people overdosed and experienced respiratory depression, where the flow of oxygen to their brain was restricted for variable amounts of time. Oxygen is essential to the human brain and a lack of it can cause damage and disability.
Nanaimo Brain Injury Society works with individuals who have experienced a brain injury and sees first-hand the struggles that occur. Through this work, they and their community partners started asking what a response to people affected by brain injury and opioid overdose would look like if grounded in love? Intervention is needed for those affected by brain injury, but not all interventions are created equal nor do they directly improve brain function and quality of life. In this webinar, our presenters will discuss brain injury and aftercare, current health system responses, and the practice of shared vulnerability and trusting partnerships for healing and for creating a foundation for a different kind of overdose and drug poisoning response.