Why we document
Since naloxone is mostly provided through medical settings, limited documented evidence is available to show the effectiveness of its distribution through harm reduction services or community programs. This often serves as major barrier to the official approval for such programs.
Implementing naloxone distribution programs and documenting their progress and successes helps to build the evidence-base that naloxone administration by laypeople is safe, effective and empowering. This evidence can be used in advocacy at local, national and even global levels to support such programs.
More specifically, documentation can be used:
As advocacy: A major reason to collect information is to help make the case for increased funding and supportive policies for naloxone distribution to laypeople.
As education: When you ask for and record information about naloxone programs you discover opportunities to counsel people on harm reduction techniques, including overdose prevention.
To improve service delivery: The answers to the questionnaires might surprise you, and may end up informing and improving the services you provide.
On this page you will find resources to guide you in developing the documentation component of your naloxone program, including a baseline questionnaire and a refill questionnaire to administer and track how the naloxone is being used, and document the number of lives saved. Other important forms of documentation are testimonials from people who’ve experienced saving someone’s life with naloxone and/or have been saved themselves. Personal stories and quotes can be very compelling to use in advocacy.