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Community Overdose Prevention Education

Learn the value of harm reduction and how you can help prevent overdoses in your community.
Community Overdose Prevention Education

Overdose Prevention

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How to Reverse an Opioid Overdose

Be sure to watch the video below to learn the signs of an overdose, as well as how to respond to one and take the steps below to prevent opioid overdose.

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Reducing Your Risks

If you or someone you know uses substances, they are at risk of experiencing an overdose. 

There are a number of ways to stay safe, such as:

Administer Naloxone

What is Naloxone?

Naloxone, commonly known by the brand name Narcan, is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designed to reverse opioid overdose rapidly. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids, such as heroin, fentanyl, morphine, and oxycodone.

How to Use Naloxone

The next time you see someone experiencing an overdose, remember the A.N.C.H.O.R. steps: Assess the individual; Naloxone Administration; Call 911; Have additional naloxone ready to administer; Observe and perform rescue breathing as needed; and Review and monitor the individual’s condition. To use intranasal naloxone, simply Peel, Place and Press. 

Assess the individual  Naloxone Administration  Call 911  Have additional naloxone ready to administer  Observe and perform rescue breathing as needed  Review and monitor the individual’s condition    To use intranasal naloxone, simply Peel, Place and Press.


How to Get Naloxone

In an effort to reduce the number of fatal overdoses due to opioids, we are making naloxone available to all OASAS providers through an online ordering platform. First, you will need to set up a naloxone ordering account. If you already have an account, you may order Narcan Direct.

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  • Get a naloxone kit by checking with your local pharmacy. All New York pharmacies may dispense naloxone through a standing order (non-patient specific prescription) issued by New York State Health.

  • Free Naloxone Access for Impacted Communities. NEXT Distro is an online and mail-based harm reduction service designed to reduce opioid overdose death, prevent injection-related disease transmission, and improve the lives of people who use drugs.
  • In partnership between the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and select CVS and Walgreens pharmacies across the City, FREE Overdose Rescue Kits with naloxone are available to any individual who requests one. Find a participating pharmacy near you.
  • The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute has an important pharmacy benefit for all New Yorkers who have prescription coverage through their health insurance plans: the Naloxone Co-payment Assistance Program (N-CAP). 

Helpful Links

Naloxone Training Events (Virtual and In Person)

Never Use Alone Hotline: Call (800) 484-3731 to have an operator stand by while you use.

Help & Hope Text Program: Text JOIN to 55753 to receive personalized support messages or connect with a specialist.

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    Naloxone Co-Payment Assistance Program

    If you have prescription coverage as part of your health insurance plan, you can use N-CAP to cover up to $40 in prescription co-payments so there are no or lower out-of-pocket expenses when getting naloxone at a participating pharmacy.



Test for Harmful Additives

Fentanyl & Xylazine

Fentanyl is an opioid 50-100 times more potent than heroin and morphine. Pharmaceutically manufactured fentanyl is used medically; however, fentanyl-related overdose deaths have been attributed to illicitly manufactured fentanyl and its analogues that have become increasingly common in the unregulated drug supply. It has been found mixed with other substances, which increases the risk of overdose and overdose death. Fentanyl is undetectable by sight, smell, or taste. The rise of fentanyl contributes to the rising rates of opioid overdose deaths; fentanyl co-involvement in cocaine and methamphetamine deaths are becoming more prevalent. 

Learn more about fentanyl

Xylazine is a non-opioid sedative commonly used for procedural sedation in veterinary medicine. Xylazine is in a class of medications called alpha-2 adrenergic agonists. Xylazine causes severe central nervous system (CNS) depression or sedation in humans and can result in skin wounds or contribute to overdose.

Learn more about xylazine

Test Drug Supply

Test strips allow people/communities, health care providers and criminal justice agencies to stay informed about potential harms in the illicit drug supply. While strips cannot determine the quantity, purity, or type of fentanyl in a sample, they have demonstrated utility in detecting whether the presence of a certain harmful additives like fentanyl or xylazine. Test strips have been shown to have significant utility as a public health and engagement tool for people who use drugs.

How to Get Test Strips

In an effort to curb the overdose epidemic in New York, we're making fentanyl and xylazine test strips available to all New Yorkers. You may request test strips from your local overdose prevention program or harm reduction organization.

You may also order directly from

  • Click on “I am an Organization”  

  • Enter “Organization Type” (community partner) 

  • Fill out all required information on the form.  

  • Mailing address should be for the program site that the test strips are to be shipped. 

  • Submit 

Related Resources


    Good Samaritan Law: Fact Sheet

    The New York State 911 Good Samaritan Law allows people to call 911 without fear of arrest if they are having a drug or alcohol overdose that requires emergency medical care or if they witness someone overdosing.




    Naloxone Co-Payment Assistance Program

    If you have prescription coverage as part of your health insurance plan, you can use N-CAP to cover up to $40 in prescription co-payments so there are no or lower out-of-pocket expenses when getting naloxone at a participating pharmacy.



Support for Families

Overdose Prevention for Families & Community Members

If someone you love is using substances, it is important for you to know how to respond in case they experience an overdose. You can also learn ways to support a loved one by listening to their needs. Take the training below to learn how to help a loved one in crisis.

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Training for Providers

Opioid Overdose Prevention Basics

Providers are encouraged to learn more on preventing opioid overdoses by signing up for our self-paced 1-hour course:



Words matter when engaging with people with substance use and substance use disorder. Take the person-centered approach when speaking to your clients and create an inviting space for an open conversation on substance use.

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    Person-centered Care & Harm Reduction

    A 3-hour clinical training. We discuss and demonstrate important information on how to engage with patients in a more person-centered manner by using the principles and strategies offered by harm reduction.



Get Help

Whether you or your loved one needs support, getting help is easy. Specialists are waiting for your call to lend an ear or give advice if you want it.

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Overdose rates have increased significantly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Increases in overdose deaths have occurred for multifactorial reasons including increased substance use, increased lethality of the illicit substance supply due to the addition of illicitly manufactured fentanyl and its analogues, increased mental health symptoms due to social isolation, and increased episodes of using alone.

Community Overdose Prevention Education relies on implementing harm reduction strategies to help save lives. By supplying resources like naloxone kits, response training, fentanyl test strips, and confidential hotlines, we can reduce overdoses throughout New York State together. Project COPE is focusing efforts on four high-risk and underserved populations. The team has created content specifically for those working with (1) pregnant, parenting, and post-partum persons, (2) survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence, (3) members of the LBGTQ+ community, (4) and tribal communities.

Virtual or in-person overdose prevention training, overdose prevention kits, Deterra bags, and fentanyl test strips can be provided by Project COPE. Please contact us for scheduling and resources at [email protected].  


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