Harm Reduction Training

To help tackle the growing opioid crisis in our community and its concentrated effect in our downtown, the DBIA launched a series of annual Naloxone Training Sessions that began in 2019 in partnership with Peterborough Aids Research Network (PARN) and Peterborough Public Health. The program has since grown to include Peterborough and the Kawarthas Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge, and the Canadian Red Cross.

Since 2019, the DBIA has been supporting overdose awareness and harm reduction training to its members on an annual basis. Beginning June 1st, 2023, the Ontario Government will require all restaurants and bars to have naloxone kits on-premise at high-risk workplaces including bars and restaurants.  DBIA members are encouraged to take advantage of the free Naloxone training to support local harm reduction and to meet this new workplace mandate.  This year harm reduction training will be adding another important element to the workshop series that will include mental distress, recognition, response and communication strategies.


Narcan Training Friday, March 23th with 3 schedule choices

  • 9 am to 10 am
  • 11 am to 12 pm
  • 6 pm to 7 pm

Narcan Training Friday, March 24th with 3 schedule choices

  • 9am to 10 am
  • 11 am to 12 pm
  • 3 pm to 4 pm.

Mental distress recognition, response, and communication sessions will also take place on both Thursday, March 23rd and March 24th

  • Communication Strategies 9 am to 10pm
  • Mental Distress: Recognition and Response Session 3 pm to 4 pm

All training sessions will take place at Venture North, located at 270 George St N, Peterborough. Parking is available at the King Street Parking Garage. Participants are asked not to park in the Venture North parking lot.

For more information and training options visit https://redcross.ca/ohr

Sign up link:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/peterborough-dbia-harm-reduction-sessions-narcan-and-de-escalation-tickets-565167229397

Interested in harm reduction? 

Contact: Terry Guiel, Executive Director I terry@downtownptbo.ca