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Drug Overdose Prevention & Education (DOPE) Project: San Francisco

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Naloxone Distribution

The DOPE Project coordinates the distribution of naloxone to people who use drugs and their family, friends and other possible overdose bystanders in San Francisco, CA. We do this by working closely with programs in San Francisco (SF) who provide services directly to people who use drugs, including all SF Syringe Access programs, Jail Health Services and other community-based organizations to ensure that they are able to distribute naloxone easily to those who need it most using an on-demand model.

Naloxone is available to people who use drugs and others likely to witness an overdose free of charge every day of the week in San Francisco. Participants are given a naloxone kit after participating in a short (5-10 minute) training and can get unlimited refills.

Please contact the DOPE Project directly for our monthly distribution schedule in San Francisco: marshall@harmreduction.org or 628-225-2801.

Service Provider Trainings

The DOPE Project offers a basic and comprehensive training on overdose for staff of San Francisco service providers working with people who use drugs who may be at risk of overdose. The training runs between one and two hours, but can be modified to meet your needs. Overdose training and development of agency protocols is provided free of charge to San Francisco service providers. The training includes:

  • Understanding Opioid overdose: context and current trends
  • What causes an overdose
  • How to recognize an overdose
  • Overdose response including naloxone administration
  • Understanding CA law regarding naloxone and liability
  • Developing a protocol for overdose response and policy implementation

In December 2001, the DOPE Project began performing overdose education in San Francisco shelters, jails, treatment programs, and single room occupancy hotels and at syringe access programs. Since November 2003 the DOPE Project has coordinated distribution of naloxone via SF service providers. In June 2005, the DOPE Project became a program of the Harm Reduction Coalition.

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