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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:
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.
How to Get Free Naloxone
Get a naloxone kit by checking with your local pharmacy. Effective August 15, 2022, all pharmacies in New York State may dispense naloxone through a standing order (non-patient specific prescription) issued by New York State Health Commissioner, Dr. Mary T. Bassett. Naloxone can also be obtained through the following resources.
- Nextdistro.org 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).
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.
Opioid Overdose Prevention Basics
Providers are encouraged to learn more on preventing opioid overdoses by signing up for our self-paced 1-hour course:
- Overdose Prevention through a Harm Reduction Approach
A comprehensive overview on the practice of Harm Reduction strategies within the Overdose Prevention Framework exploring risk reduction, the use of non-stigmatizing language, and naloxone administration.
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.
Use Fentanyl Test Strips
Fentanyl is an opioid 50-100 times more potent than heroin and morphine. 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. Fentanyl Test strips are a harm reduction tool that detects the presence of fentanyl mixed into a substance, such has cocaine or heroin.
Safe Disposal of Medications with Deterra Bags
Deterra Bags offer a safe and convenient way to dispose of unused medications. Medication disposal pouches contain proprietary activated carbon that deactivates medications to allow for safe at-home disposal and reducing the risk of medications ending up in the wrong hands.
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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About Project Cope
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].
Funding for this material was made possible (in part) by SAMHSA. The views expressed in written video materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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