Training on naloxone administration is easy and effective.
Skeptics often doubt that drug users will be able to correctly identify an overdose in order to respond. Research, however, shows the opposite – that drug users, when trained, are as skilled as medical experts in recognizing an overdose and understanding when naloxone should be used
After training sessions, drug users showed improved knowledge and confidence about responding to an overdose, and those who were trained frequently went on to train their own family and friends. Overdose prevention and response trainings can be done even if you are not yet able to distribute naloxone. Often, basic training in rescue breathing is all it takes to save a life.
On this page, you’ll find sample training curricula that can be adapted and used to implement routine trainings in your program. You can easily incorporate this type of training and education into existing group meetings, counseling sessions, outreach activities, and while delivering other critical harm reduction services like needle exchange, substitution treatment, and infectious disease testing.