PROFAN: Prevention and Reduction of Overdoses - Training and Access to Naloxone


Current status: RECRUITING

For info on the project, please contact:
Guy-Pierre Lévesque

For info on the training evaluation, please contact:
Michel Perreault
514-761-6131, poste 2823



Principal Investigators:
Guy-Pierre Lévesque (Méta d’Âme CEO)
Michel Perreault, Ph. D (Centre de recherche de l’Hôpital Douglas)

Diana Milton (Centre de recherche de l’Hôpital Douglas)
Ana Carolina Artunduaga (Centre de recherche de l’Hôpital Douglas)
Carley Marshall (Centre de recherche de l’Hôpital Douglas)
Chantale Perron (Méta d’Âme)
Dre Marie-Ève Goyer (Centre de recherche et d’aide pour narcomanes – Cran)
Pascale Leclerc (Direction de la santé publique de Montréal – DSP)
Nicolas Hamel (Direction de la santé publique de Montréal – DSP)
Karina Côté (Ministère de la santé et des services sociaux)

Meta d’Âme, in collaboration with the Centre de recherche et d’aide pour narcomanes (Cran), the Direction de la santé publique de Montréal (DSP) and other community partners resources, has developed a pilot project aimed at preventing and reducing the number of overdose-related deaths in Quebec, and to facilitate access to Naloxone. This pilot project is part of the regional plan for the prevention of opioid overdose-related deaths in the population.

The PROFAN project aims at implementing measures performed by users to encourage the prevention and reduction of overdoses for people at risk. The training is offered to users or former drug users, their friends, their entourage and their relatives, so they can respond quickly and appropriately in an overdose situation. Participants are recruited by the agencies offering the training, namely Méta d’Âme and Cran.

The training involves two steps:
1) a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training given by an MSSS-accredited organization;
2) a training on opioid overdoses identification and the on Naloxone. The complete training lasts about 6 hours. A first peer group was formed, and these people (peer educators) animate the training available to the other peers (participants) enrolled in the program.

The PROFAN project is funded by the Direction de santé publique de l’Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal. The peer educators’ perspective evaluation is funded by the DSP. A second grant was obtained by the CRISM Quebec-Maritimes (a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded program) to evaluate the experience of the project participants.

The main objectives of this study are to evaluate:
1) the participants’ opinions on the training received,
2) the knowledge acquired during the training, and
3) the participants’ perspective regarding their peer experience within the PROFAN project.