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Tools to help you learn more about naloxone distribution programs

Put naloxone in the hands of first responders.

A naloxone distribution program puts the antidote directly into the hands of those most likely to witness an overdose and respond first – drug users, their families, outreach workers and even the police. 

There are a variety of settings where naloxone programs should be incorporated, including: harm reduction services like needle exchange vans and methadone clinics, as well as doctors’ offices, drug treatment clinics, ambulances or through prison release programs.

Get the facts: Assess the overdose and naloxone access situation in your area

The first step in preventing opioid overdose death is to understand the situation of overdose in your community and whether the lifesaving antidote, naloxone, is easily available. Once you understand the situation and the barriers to having laypeople use naloxone, you can develop an advocacy strategy to increase access, improve the overdose response, and promote distribution of naloxone in your community.

On this page, you’ll find resources to help assess the overdose situation and naloxone access in your context, and to identify some channels that you could target to carry and distribute naloxone. The first step is to choose which initiative is best for you, and begin to build alliances and advocate for expanded access to this lifesaving medicine.