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“Carry It” Toolkit to prevent opioid overdose

Your campus needs to prevent and respond to opioid overdoses. 

The opioid overdose crisis in Canada is real and growing. It claimed 4,460 lives in 2018 alone. And youth are at high risk. 

This post-secondary campus toolkit is for you, whether you are an administrator, a student or a member of the faculty or staff. It is designed to help your campus community create a blueprint (or “protocol”) to prevent and respond to opioid overdoses.  

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About the Toolkit

A Campus Protocol

Opioids 101

Naloxone 101

Quick Guide: Drug Safety on Campus

Quick Guide: Safer Drug Use for Students

Fact Sheet: Dispelling Myths About Opioids

Fact Sheet: Students and Mental Health


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  • Disclaimer
    The Canadian Mental Health Association, National, (“CMHA NATIONAL”) is offering a toolkit for use in postsecondary and secondary schools in Canada to support education on opioid overdose, overdose prevention, and naloxone, an antidote that temporarily reverses an opioidoverdose (the “Toolkit”). The Toolkit is intended to inform students, staff, faculty, andadministrators in Canada about opioids on campus, how to access and administer naloxone, how to access naloxone kits and training (which includes use of the nasal spray Narcan®), how to store naloxone, and how to develop a protocol to prevent and respond to opioid overdoses on campus with naloxone.

    The Toolkit is provided subject to the following terms, conditions and notices. The Toolkit has been designed for the specific purposes outlined above and its use or fitness for any other purpose is exercised at the user’s own risk.

    The copyright and other intellectual property rights in this document are owned by CMHA NATIONAL. These rights are protected by the Canadian Copyright Act and other national and international laws and agreements. Users are permitted to make copies of this document for non-commercial purposes only, provided it is not modified when reproduced and appropriate credit is given to CMHA NATIONAL.

    Every effort has been made by CMHA NATIONAL to provide information in the Toolkit that is accurate, complete and factual information at the date of publication. CMHA NATIONAL is not responsible for third-party information and does not warrant that the third-party information contained in the Toolkit is entirely accurate, reliable or current. CMHA NATIONAL does not guarantee that conclusions or assumptions made by, or drawn from, third-party information is accurate, reliable or current.

    CMHA NATIONAL is not responsible or liable for any content, accuracy, quality or effectiveness of the information provided in the Toolkit. CMHA NATIONAL shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any content, including advice or recommendations provided or gleaned from the information, including applications and measures. The content of the Toolkit and any published information on the CMHA NATIONAL website may include inaccuracies or typographical errors. Any reliance placed on the Toolkit information is therefore strictly at one’s own risk and on an “as is” basis.

    No guarantees are given or implied with respect to the Toolkit effectiveness, performance, reliability and/or results.

    In no event shall CMHA NATIONAL be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special and/or consequential damages, to property or life, whatsoever arising out of or connected with the use or misuse of the Toolkit.

    The information provided in the Toolkit is no substitute for medical and professional advice regarding the use or application of naloxone. The information in the Toolkit is not a substitute for qualified professional advice and should under no circumstances be construed as such. CMHA NATIONAL shall not be liable, under any circumstances, from direct, indirect or consequential damages arising from reliance on the Toolkit rather than medical and professional assistance where warranted.

    This Disclaimer states the entire obligation of CMHA NATIONAL with respect to the Toolkit.

    This Disclaimer is governed by the laws of Ontario and Canada. Any use of the Toolkit outside the jurisdiction of Canada is done entirely at the user’s own risk and CMHA NATIONAL is hereby specifically released of any liability, damages and claims arising from its use or misuse.

    Funding for the preparation and distribution of the Toolkit was provided through an unrestricted grant from ADAPT Pharma Canada, Ltd.