Campus Health Advisory
Current Campus Updates:Fentanyl and BCIT Campus Safety
Last year, BC's provincial health officer declared a public health emergency in response to the rise in drug overdoses and deaths increasingly linked with Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that can be fatal when obtained illegally, even in a few grains. Fentanyl has been detected in Cocaine, Crack, MDMA (Ecstasy), Meth, Heroin, fake Oxycodone, and fake Percocet.
In March 2017 alone, 1200 people died in BC as a result of illicit drug use - an average of almost four deaths per day. The Fentanyl crisis is extensive and devastating.
Over the last few months you may have seen posters across BCIT campuses, reminding readers of the dangers of Fentanyl and signs of an overdose.
BCIT First Aid personnel and the BCIT Student Health Services doctors and nurses are now trained in the delivery of Naloxone in the event of an overdose situation on campus. BCIT Security team members are currently undergoing training. Naloxone is a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose when injected into an arm, buttocks or thigh muscle. Naloxone will only work on opioid-related overdoses, though it will cause no harm if there are no opioids in someone's system.
BCIT Student Health Services is now offering Naloxone kit training session to all students, staff, and faculty who feel they may be likely to witness and respond to an overdose situation.
The training is confidential and takes about an hour. At the completion of the training, you will have the option of taking home a Naloxone kit - free of charge.
Learn more and make an appointment with one of the nurses at BCIT Student Health Services at 604.432.8843.
Please help us spread the message and keep our campus community safe.
Glen Magel, Director
Safety, Security & Emergency Management
Chris Rogerson, Director
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Mumps in the Fraser Region:
Over the past year, there have been several confirmed cases of mumps in adults within the Fraser Health region and that the number is increasing.
TWO doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine are recommended for any susceptible person* born in 1970 or later (1957 for health care workers).
* Susceptible persons are those who do not have a history of lab-confirmed mumps infection, or documentation of 2 doses of a live mumps-containing vaccine at 12 months of age or older and given at least 4 weeks apart.
MMR is provided free through BCIT Student Health Services. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this vaccine or to book an appointment for a booster dose.
Student Health services is located in SE16 Room 127. We are open from Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, and Thursday from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM; however, we cannot vaccinate anyone past 3:30 PM.
If you have any questions please contact a nurse at 604-432-8843.