Overdose Prevention & Harm Reduction

Overdose Prevention & Harm Reduction Resources and Information:

Overdose Prevention

How to Give Naloxone

Understanding Naloxone

Information on How to Administer Naloxone

NARCAN Nasal Spray Quick Start Guide

Administering Naloxone in an Overdose Response

Comprehensive overdose prevention, recognition and response, including intramuscular and intranasal naloxone rescue kit demonstrations


Reacting to an Overdose

Opioid Overdose Basics 

Recommendations for Management of Substance Abuse

How to Prevent, Identify and Respond to Opioid Overdoses

Tips for Preventing Overdoses: Do’s and Don’ts

Responding to Opioid Overdose 

Hazards of Counterfeit Products

Synthetic Opioid Data

Influx of Fentanyl-laced counterfeit pills and toxic fentanyl-related compounds further increases risk of fentanyl-related overdose and fatalities  

Consideration and Health Consequences for Opioid and Heroin Users

‘Harm Reduction’ refers to policies, programs, and practices that aim to reduce the negative health, social and economic consequences of the use of legal and illegal drugs. Harm reduction does not attempt to minimize or ignore the real and tragic harm and danger associated with licit and illicit drug use, but incorporates a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use, to abstinence – meeting drug users “where they’re at” to keep everyone as safe as possible and to minimize risk for fatal overdose.

Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies are designed to reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing “harm reduction”. Rather, it is a philosophy that recognizes, first and foremost, that keeping someone alive is the first step to healing, and thus guides opiate overdose prevention programming.

Information on Harm Reduction

Principles of Harm Reduction 

Cost Effectiveness of Syringe Access Programs

Syringe Exchange Programs and Hepatitis C

HIV & Harm Reduction from Injecting Drugs Fact Sheet

Heroin and Its Relationship to HIV and Hepatitis


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