Overdose Prevention and Response

Clark County Public Health (CCPH) Harm Reduction Syringe Services Program works to empower individuals with the training and tools needed to prevent overdose deaths. CCPH educators teach people from all backgrounds how to prevent, recognize and respond to an opioid overdose.

CCPH offers two types of overdose prevention, recognition, and response education, which includes training on the administration of naloxone. Naloxone is a lifesaving drug that reverses the effects of opioids for overdose victims.

 

Naloxone training for individuals

  • 10-minute basic training provided in-person at the Clark County Public Health Harm Reduction Center.
  • This service is available to all community member No appointment is necessary
  • All training participants complete a confidential training form, and may receive a free naloxone kit, if available. 

    Harm Reduction Center

         Important Update:

  • November Harm Reduction Center Syringe Services Hours

         Open 1 - 4 pm - Mondays and Wednesdays.  

  • The Harm Reduction Center will be closed on Fridays during the month of November.

         1010 Grand Blvd.
         Vancouver, WA 98661

         360.750.8610 (during open hours)
         564.397.8082 (for information

 

Naloxone training for groups

  • 60-minute expanded training for community service providers and organizations provided live over Zoom or in-person.
  • Schedule training
    • To schedule Overdose Prevention, Recognition, and Response training, please complete this form. We ask that training requests be submitted at least two weeks before the requested date. Our trainer will follow up with the agency contact person listed in the training request form.

Overdose response and naloxone resources

The Center for Community-Engaged Drug Education, Epidemiology, and Research (CEDEER) at the University of Washington Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute offers education and technical assistance for individuals, professionals, and communities in Washington state who want to learn how to prevent and intervene in opioid addiction and overdose. Learn about opioid overdose and the Good Samaritan Law, get resources or watch a training video at Stopoverdose.org

How to Get Naloxone

Want free naloxone delivered to your home?

  • In WA State, individuals can order free naloxone online and have it delivered to their home. Find links to order and more information here: 

https://stopoverdose.org/find-naloxone-near-me-washington-state/

Pharmacy without a prescription: 

  • Under Washington’s Statewide Standing Order anyone can obtain naloxone   directly from any pharmacy that carries it. You can get naloxone directly from a pharmacist without first seeing a provider.
  • Call ahead to confirm naloxone availability, cost, and insurance coverage. Pharmacies may carry only one form of naloxone (such as intramuscular or intranasal) or may need to order it for you.

Pharmacy with a prescription:

  • Any prescriber can write a prescription for naloxone and any pharmacy can fill that prescription.

It is safe to respond to fentanyl overdose!

A fentanyl overdose can be reversed! In most cases, you cannot know if someone has used fentanyl.  Take the same steps as you would with any suspected opioid overdose. There have been no confirmed cases of overdose among bystanders or professional first responders who responded to a fentanyl overdose. You can’t overdose on fentanyl by touching it. Fentanyl is unlikely to become aerosolized and cause overdose.

Website link:  https://stopoverdose.org/section/fentanyl/

FAQ:  It’s Safe to Give Help: Questions and Answers About Secondhand Fentanyl Exposure

Video:  It's Safe to Give Help: Questions & Answers about Secondhand Fentanyl Exposures: https://youtu.be/b_oDhMvs81I (Available through this link as a recorded presentation).

Washington State Department of Health overdose education and naloxone distribution

Naloxone is a medication that can save lives by reversing the effects of an opioid overdose. Opioids are substances that reduce pain and with high doses suppress breathing. Some opioids are methadone, Oxycontin®, Vicodin®, and illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl. Naloxone can be administered nasally using Narcan® or intramuscularly.

Washington’s Good Samaritan Law provides some protection when calling 911 to save a life — even if drugs are at the scene. (RCW 69.50.315). You should give naloxone to anyone who has taken drugs and may be overdosing. Someone who is overdosing may stop breathing or their breathing may be slow and labored.

Act fast! An overdose is life threatening. Give naloxone even if you do not know what kind of drugs a person took. Naloxone will only work on opioids, but there is no harm if they took a different kind of drug.

Overdose response instructions are provided in English in this handout.
Instructions in other languages:  RussianUkrainianVietnameseSpanish and simplified Chinese.

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The Harm Reduction Coalition was founded in 1993 and incorporated in 1994 by a working group of needle exchange providers, advocates and drug users. Today, we are strengthened by an extensive and diverse network of allies who challenge the persistent stigma faced by people who use drugs and advocate for policy and public health reform.

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The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) is a multidisciplinary research center at the University of Washington. Its mission is to advance research, policy, and practice; in order to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities affected by alcohol and drug use and abuse.