Faculty of Design featured in Scotiabank mini-doc

Student holding up a work of art
Friday, April 27, 2018

Dori Tunstall, Dean of the Faculty of Design, appears alongside OCAD U students in a mini-documentary, titled Enriched Thinking, to be unveiled at the 2018 Hot Docs Festival.  Created in partnership with Scotia Wealth Management, the online video shows Canadians that “a world of infinite potential begins with enriched thinking.” 

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Student holding up a work of art

SOONER: Surviving Opioid Overdose With Naloxone Education And Resuscitation


The SOON-ER project aims to design an evidence-based Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) first aid toolkit, to be offered in a range of settings, that allows for ultra-brief training of overdose first aid for potential lay responders with nasal naloxone.

Overdose from opioids such as oxycodone, fentanyl, and heroin are now responsible for over 100,000 deaths per year worldwide. Overdoses in Ontario result in more years of life lost than HIV, pneumonia, or influenza.

Expanding overdose first aid education and naloxone distribution (OEND) to a wider range of settings (such as family medicine, addiction clinics, and emergency departments) could increase the number of potential lay responders reached by OEND programs.

The SOON-ER project seeks to maximize the impact of OEND in emergency departments, family practices, inpatient settings, and opiod substitution clinics by creating a toolkit for overdose first aid by lay responders.

OCAD University led the design phase of the SOON-ER project, addressing the need for an integrated design approach to expanding lay response to overdose, addressing stigma, and creating a open design that can easily be shared and replicated.

The design process included extensive community and stakeholder engagement in iterative workshops over 9 months, engaging over 100 community member and clinicians. The result was the development of an ultra-brief first aid training animation and the creation of a toolkit with nasal naloxone for lay response to overdose, that can be manufactured locally. Key aspects of the design process addressed the context of overdose, stigma, and marginalisation. 

Currently the toolkit is being tested against existing training and access. The success of patient responses to opioid overdose situations will be evaluated and compared in simulated overdose situations.

Project results from SOON-ER are already being translated to provivncial and national intiatives on overdose.

For more information, please visit http://www.soonerproject.org/ and http://stmichaelshospitalresearch.ca/research-programs/rescu/our-research/sooner/

Photograph of Narcan nasal spray
Friday, April 13, 2018 - 11:00am
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Kate Sellen

Lenore Richards

Lenore Richards is currently a Professor Emerita at OCAD University.  Following 12 years of professional practice, Lenore embraced academic life at OCAD U, holding various administrative roles and teaching in the Environnental and Industrial Design programs.  Her 26 years of academic leadership included the positions of Co-Chair of the Environmental Design program, Dean of the Faculty of Design and most recently, Director of the Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation.