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Overdose Prevention Programming: Education and Naloxone Distribution – Practical Guide

A guide to overdose prevention and education using naloxone, while the content is focused on North American services the content is still of use to those of us working in the UK.


Opioid use in Canada is of growing concern. It is important to expand the reach of interventions that show promising results. Overdose prevention programs using naloxone have demonstrated efficacy in increasing risk awareness and saving lives. This is especially the case when naloxone programs involve the cooperation of multiple stakeholders and are part of a broader set of protective interventions.

This document offers potential points of departure for establishing and guidelines for operating a naloxone program. Any program, however, will need to be adapted and evaluated to meet the needs of specific communities.

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