The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded states grants as part of the State Targeted Response (STR) to the opioid epidemic. One of New York State’s initiatives as part of the grant focuses on addressing opioid overdose related fatalities in counties showing very high rates of overdose deaths and emergency department visits related to opioid use disorder. This initiative involves training thousands of first responders and other likely witnesses in these counties
Naloxone has been fundamental in the efforts to decrease rates of fatal overdoses. This training teaches first responders, likely opioid overdose witnesses and community members to understand, recognize, respond to and reverse opioid overdoses using a naloxone rescue kit. Participants will receive a free naloxone rescue kit after completing the training. This training is modeled after the evidence- based SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit.
The objectives are:
• to increase understanding and awareness of fatal overdoses related to opioids and the impact within the community
• to identify risk factors for an overdose
• to be able to recognize an overdose
• to be able to identify the five essential steps for first responders as outlined in the SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit in the event of an overdose
• to be able to correctly use naloxone to save lives
Who Should Attend:
This interactive training is tailored for first responders or other likely witnesses to an opioid overdose.
• to become part of the solution to solving the opioid issue in the community
• to learn how to save a life during an overdose situation
• to receive education on crucial information related to opioids and the surrounding