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Training Materials

Overdose training and naloxone distribution is done on the street, in parking lots, behind cars, in alleys, at syringe access programs, in people’s living rooms, in doctor’s offices, in hotel rooms, housing programs, at parent support groups, in jails, detoxes, methadone clinics, at universities and just about anywhere where people ask for them. You can do either short format trainings (good for syringe access programs or outreach) or groups/workshops when you have more time. See below for sample training.

Here are some general tips for doing overdose and naloxone trainings:
  • People may have a short amount of time. Tailor your training to meet the needs of the audience. If they have 10 minutes, make it 10 minutes. If they have 3 minutes, make it 3.
  • People may have reversed ODs in the past and be offended if they perceive criticism of their methods- remember to respect people’s experience. Anything that was tried in the past to revive someone was done in the interest of keeping that person alive, so it was never wrong; it was what the person knew to do in the moment.
  • Public health programs have been working to reduce overdoses relatively recently, but people who use drugs have been aware of and trying to curb overdoses for many years- remember to respect people’s knowledge.
 Training Essentials
  • Overdose Prevention Training – Essential Topics (download as PDF)
  • Entrenamiento de Prevención de Sobredosis – Temas Esenciales (download as PDF) with thanks to Adriana Pericchi
  • Overdose Prevention Training – Summary (download as PDF)
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